Rent's Jesse L. Martin Lands Role in "The Flash" Pilot

By Andrew Gans
22 Jan 2014

Stage and screen actor Jesse L. Martin, who originated the part of Tom Collins in Broadway's Tony Award-winning Rent, has landed a leading role in the new TV pilot "The Flash," according to Deadline.com.



The "Law & Order" actor will co-star opposite Grant Gustin in the CW pilot, which is based on the DC comic.

The Warner Bros. TV-Berlanti Productions project, Deadline.com reports, concerns "Barry Allen aka The Flash (Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past."

Martin has been cast as the blue-collar Detective West, who is a surrogate father to Allen.

The pilot was penned by "Arrow" co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and series writer Geoff Johns.

Martin, who has been seen on NBC's "Law & Order," has also appeared on Broadway in Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector and The Merchant of Venice. The actor will next be seen as the late R&B singer Marvin Gaye in the feature film "Sexual Healing."