While he is best known for voicing The Joker and playing Luke Skywalker – he is reprising the latter role in next year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Mark Hamill is also known for playing James Jesse/The Trickster in the 1990 series The Flash. He later reprised the role in an episode of Justice League Unlimited. The current CW series The Flash has had close ties with the original show; former Barry Allen John Wesley Shipp now plays father Henry Allen, while Amanda Pays will play a new iteration of Dr. Tina McGee. Now, the Arrow spin-off has recruited Hamill to play a re-imagined version of one of his most recognizable roles.
According to HitFix, Hamill is set to play a brand new iteration of James Jesse, aka the original Trickster. He will make his debut in The Flash‘s 17th episode next year. The twist, however, is that there is a second Trickster loose in Central city, and Jesse teams up with Barry and Detective West to bring him down. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had this to say on the casting. “Having Mark reprise his role as The Trickster was on our original wish list when we were planning our version of The Flash. Christmas and Chanukah came early for us this year when he said yes! We are beyond humbled and excited to have him joining us for another round of deadly trickery!”
HitFix has also provided a character description for the new James Jesse, offering new details on how this iteration differs from Hamill’s original version. Check it out below, and stay tuned for more as we have it.
Mark Hamill returns in a brand new interpretation of James Jesse (aka The Trickster), a role he originated on the 90’s ‘Flash’ series. In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps. The episode will reunite him with John Wesley Shipp who went up against him as the original ‘Flash’ on the CBS version.