Rent's Jesse L. Martin Lands Role in "The Flash" Pilot
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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.