‘Flash’ officially ordered to pilot, new casting announced

More news from the CW’s newest DC Comics show “Flash” keeps being released, including an official pilot order and more casting updates.

Flash casts Danielle Panabaker Rick Cosnett     First, Vampire Diaries alum Rick Cosnett and Shark‘s Danielle Panabaker have both been cast in the Flashpilot, reports Deadline.


Cosnett, who most recently had a recurring role on The Vampire Diaries as Dr. Wes Maxfield, will play Detective Eddie Thawne, “a recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, whose past is a mystery and who harbors a dark secret.”

Panabaker will play Caitlin Snow, “a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs.”

Cosnett and Panabaker join Grant Gustin (Barry Allen) and Jesse L. Martin (Detective West) in the Arrow spin-off.

The CW also officially ordered the Flash to pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. We’ll learn if the network officially picks up the series at the CW Upfront on May 15.

The Flash series was initially going to be introduced via Arrow, with Barry Allen debuting in episodes 8 and 9, and episode 20 serving as a backdoor pilot. However, The CW decided to take the standalone pilot approach after his introduction was particularly well-received by CW higher ups.

As planned, Gustin made his debut as Barry Allen in the Arrow mid-season finale as a Central City crime scene investigator who arrives in the Arrow’s (Stephen Amell) home city of Starling to investigate a series of strange robberies with a possible connection to his past.

The Flash joins Supernatural: Tribes as new spin-off pilots ordered by the network in the wake of the success of The Originals, last season’s Vampire Diaries spin-off.

Barry Allen’s introductory episode, “The Scientist,” will re-air on Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m ET on The CW.