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The Flash - CW Pilot - New Casting Rumor

Thanks to Tina for sending us the following rumour coming from a casting agency.

The CW's The Flash casting call leaked back in December for the role of Iris West.

The role called for

IRIS – 22-28 – African-American – As smart as she is beautiful, Iris is in grad school studying psychology. She’s also Barry’s mile a minute, fast-talking, quick-witted best friend. Her father, Detective West, took in Barry when his mother was murdered, and his father was wrongly accused and imprisoned for her murder. In a tough childhood for Barry, she was the one “not tough” thing. She’s unaware of Barry’s strong feelings for her.

Word is buzzing that they are looking at two actresses for the role of Iris West. Newcomer Christine Shepherd and Tessa Thompson.

Below are the head shots of Christine and Tessa.

The casting team are believed to be leaning towards Christine's look. They said they both have a really great chance. 50/50

They will make a casting decision soon. Sometime in Feb.

Reports that Ernie Hudson is in talks for this role.

DETECTIVE WEST - Late 40s to Early 50s - African American -Detective West is an honest, blue-collar cop who's seen it all. A soulful, funny caring father to Iris, and a surrogate father to Barry, West came up through the foster system himself. He took in Barry after his mother's murder and his father's imprisonment. He believes in Barry and supports Barry's efforts to prove his father's innocence.
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