One of the most exciting additions to the cast of The CW’s The Flash was John Wesley Shipp, who played the Scarlet Speedster in the early 1990s series. In this new series, the former Flash plays Henry Allen, the father of Grant Gustin’s Barry who is wrongly accused of murdering his wife, Nora. Henry will recur throughout the series. And now, the Arrow spin-off has added another actor from The Flash‘s original show, and it may serve as even more nostalgia for fans.
According to Variety, actress Amanda Pays is set to play Dr. Tina McGee, a character she played in the 1990s Flash series. In that show, McGee was Barry Allen’s love interest and ally. In the CW-verse, however, the scientist will serve as an employee for a “rival tech firm” to S.T.A.R. Labs. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had this to say about bringing Pays into this version of The Flash. “When we decided to bring Tina onto our version of ‘The Flash,’ who better to get than the amazing actress who originated the part? Like with John Wesley Shipp, we are so proud and excited to have another actor from the original series join us on our new adventures for Barry Allen.”
In both the comics and the 1990 series, McGee worked at S.T.A.R. Labs. So, having her be a part of a rival company for her second live action incarnation is certainly an interesting new direction. Fans of the original show will surely be thrilled with this news. Stay tuned for more as we have it. The Flash is set to premiere on The CW October 7th.