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!"
“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?
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.
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.