The CW's 'Flash' Adds Broadway Player in Super-Smart Role

Carlos Valdes, currently starring in "Once," has joined the "Arrow" spinoff.
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Carlos Valdes

The CW's Flash pilot has added another member of Barry's super team.

Carlos Valdes — who currently is appearing on Broadway in Once — has joined the cast of the Arrow spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Glee alum Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen/The Flash in the pilot, which will be an origin story similar to what producers did with Arrow. Barry, who appeared in Arrow's two-part winter finale, is described as a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling City to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past.

Valdes will play the series regular role of Cisco Ramon, a mechanical engineering genius and the youngest member of the team of scientists at STAR Labs. Born into a lower-income family, Cisco's brains and talent helped him reach his potential. He is loyal and eager and provides the comic relief in contrast to his stiff co-workers. Best part: He is as much of a comic book fanboy as Barry.

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Valdes joins a cast that includes Candice Patton as Iris, the daughter of Detective West (Jesse L. Martin) and a love interest for Barry; Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, a bioengineering expert; and Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne. This leaves only two regular roles left for Flash to cast: Harrison Wells and Hartley Rathaway. 

The Flash project, from Warner Bros. Television, started as a backdoor pilot, with the third episode slated to air in the back half of Arrow's second season. The CW now will film Flash as a stand-alone pilot in a bid to launch "with a bang like we launched Arrow," CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters last month at the TCA winter press tour.

Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg as well as director David Nutter are behind the potential spinoff. Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns — a writer-consultant on Arrow — will pen the script for Warner Bros. Television. Nutter — who helmed the Arrow pilot — will also direct.

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