The CW has found a way to keep Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) around, casting The CW star in a major recurring role on freshman superhero series The Flash, TVLine reports.
Amell has been cast in the recurring role of Ronnie Raymond, the finance of S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), aka Killer Frost. Ronnie eventually becomes one half of DC Comics’ hero Firestorm.
In The CW’s take on The Flash, Ronnie is a S.T.A.R. Lab maintenance worker who “plays an integral part in the particle accelerator accident that transforms Barry Allen (Grant Gustin)” into The Flash.
Greg Berlanit, executive producer of The Flash, looks forward to working with Amell to bring Ronnie/Firestorm to life:
“[DC Comics Chief Creative Officer] Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and myself designed the pilot and series to include Ronnie (aka Firestorm) — and to actually have someone with Robbie’s talent playing the role is beyond exciting. We can’t wait for viewers and fans of the character to check it out.”
For those unfamiliar with the character Firestorm, the character is distinguished from others by his integrated, duel identity. In the DC Comics’ universe, Firestorm is created when high school student Ronnie Raymond and Nobel Prize winning scientist Martin Stein are caught in a nuclear accident. The accident allows the two individuals to fuse into the “nuclear man” Firestorm. As Stein was unconscious during the accident, it is Raymond who prominently commands Firestorm, with Stein acting as a voice of reason inside his mind. Following the accident Firestorm uses his abilities to to defend New York from several threats including Killer Frost.
It will be interesting to see how The Flash explains Ronnie’s relationship to Caitlin Snow, aka Killer Frost. In the DC Comics’ world Caitlin Snow is transformed into Killer Frost after an accident at a S.T.A.R. Labs outpost located in the Arctic. In order to save herself from H.I.V.E. agents, Caitlin rips off the coolant system and in turn merges her body with ice. As Killer Frost, Caitlin discovers that Firestorm’s blasts have the ability to temporarily heal her condition and return her to her human form.
Amell will make his Flash debut in the series’ third episode. The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 8/7c on The CW.
Fun Fact: Amell is the real life cousin of Arrow’s leading man Stephen Amell, who plays the series title character Oliver Queen aka The Arrow.
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