He was one of the three rumored names the other week, now he’s confirmed – Grant Gustin is set to play DC superhero The Flash. The former “Glee” star will take on the role of Barry Allen/The Flash in three episodes of the second season of The CW’s “Arrow”.
One of those episodes late in the season will serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential new show focusing on the character. In this version, Allen is a Central City assistant police forensic investigator looking into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to his own past tragedy. The character, which will start out an “ordinary man” according to the show runners, is also a comic book fan boy and obsessed with Green Arrow’s actions.
The new season of “Arrow” launches on October 9th.
About Grant Gustin
During his high school years, Grant attended the Governor’s School for the Arts program in Norfolk, Virginia for Musical Theatre. He also went to Hurrah Players Incorporated which is a theatre organization in Virginia. In 2008, he graduated from Granby High School and went on to attend the BFA Music Theatre Program at Elon University in North Carolina for two years.1 He left school to take the role of Baby John in the Broadway Revival Tour of West Side Story, and performed with the tour from its opening on September 30, 2010 through September 23, 2011.
On November 8, 2011, he debuted on the television series Glee as Sebastian Smythe, an openly gay member of the Dalton Academy Warblers. Gustin won the recurring role of Sebastian, a promiscuous and scheming character, after “an exhaustive, weeks-long casting search”. He originally auditioned for a role as a tap dancer, but did not get the part. However, Ryan Murphy kept him in mind. He began filming the role early on Monday, September 26, 2011, after having finished his final West Side Story performance the Friday night before.
Gustin began filming A Mother’s Nightmare, a telefilm for the Lifetime network, in late May 2012. The project also stars actresses Annabeth Gish and Jessica Lowndes, and was shot in Canada.
On July 11, 2012, it was announced that Gustin landed the lead role in the indie film, Affluenza.