CW's 'Flash' Casts Female Lead

"The Game" alum Candice Patton will play the best friend to Grant Gustin's Barry Allen.
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Candice Patton

The CW's Flash has found its female lead.

Following a prolonged search, The Game alum Candice Patton has been tapped to co-star in the Arrow spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

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 Stephen Amell starrer 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.

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Patton will play Iris West, a grad student who is also Barry's quick-witted best friend and the daughter of Detective West (Jesse L. Martin). The character becomes a love interest for Barry. Rick Cosnett and Danielle Panabaker co-star.

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 standalone 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.

Patton, whose credits also include Rizzoli & Isles, Love Bites, CSI: Miami and Sorority Fever, is repped by Stone Manners, Vincent Cirrincione and Abrams Artists.

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