'The Flash' Finds Its New Speedster Wally West - and He's Pretty Perfect!
The Flash is adding to its arsenal for season two!
The CW’s hit comic book series has found Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale to fill the classic DC Comics role of Wally West, a much beloved character from The Flash universe who later becomes Kid Flash. He will be a series regular.
Lonsdale couldn't contain his excitement over the announcement, tweeting, "Couldn't be more excited to join @CW_TheFlash as #WallyWest!! Like, come oooooonnnnnn!! I love the show, CAN'T WAIT!"
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“Just like when we met Grant for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero. We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement.
One question we do have: How will they bring Wally in?
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The 23-year-old Lonsdale, who appeared in the Aussie series Dance Academy, is a relative newcomer to the States. His most high-profile role to date is in the Divergent series, where he made his debut as Uriah in Insurgent.
This is a major casting for The Flash, as producers had hinted for months -- most recently at Comic-Con in July -- that they would be bringing more speedsters into the mix.
One of those speedsters, Jay Garrick (Masters of Sex’s Teddy Sears), was teased in the mind-bending season finale, in which we saw his signature gold helmet. He was also featured in the first season two teaser.
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The Flash is also bringing in a potential love interest, Patty Spivot (One Tree Hill’s Shantel Van Santen), who will “complicate Barry Allen’s love life.” And when the sophomore season picks up, there will be a new "big bad" wreaking havoc on Starling City: Zoom.
The season will pick up several months after the epic finale, with “Barry dealing with some extra tension,” Gustin hinted at Comic-Con. “He knows that Eddie was ultimately the hero that stopped Wells in the finale and saved everybody. We find him struggling with his role as a hero. He’s a lone wolf – working alone.”
Don’t expect things to be easily explained this go-around, due in part to the show leaning into its time-travel origins.
“It’s going to get more confusing this season for sure,” Gustin told ET.
The Flash returns Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.