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Grant Gustin speeds into Flash role on 'Arrow'

Former "Glee" actor Grant Gustin has been cast to play Barry Allen, better known as The Flash, in the upcoming second season of CW's "Arrow."

Gustin starred as Warbler bad boy Sebastian in seven episodes during the 2011-12 season of "Glee" and in The CW's "90210" as well as the national touring company of "West Side Story." He will appear in episodes 208, 209 and 220 of "Arrow." That last episode will serve as a backdoor pilot for a possible Flash spinoff series, it has been reported.

"Couldn't possibly put my excitement into words," Gustin tweeted Friday. "Thanks to ALL who are sharing in my excitement and sending kind words. Can't wait to start!"

From the DC Comics universe, Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, The Flash first appeared in "Flash Comics #1" in January 1940.

Gustin's Barry Allen will be introduced to viewers as a Central City assistant police forensic investigator looking into a series of unexplained Starling robberies that may be connected to a tragedy in his past.  The comic book fan boy is obsessed with the Arrow, but doesn't realize how close he is to the vigilante by working with Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to solve the crime. 
 
"Arrow" returns at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, Oct. 9 on The CW. Read my 2012 interview with Gustin here.


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