Prepare for two worlds to collide—or two entire universes, to be specific. That’s because Deadline is reporting that Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton is set to join the DC Comics superhero series The Flash when the series returns for its third season in October.
He’ll play Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI at the Central City Police Department who suspects “there’s more to Barry Allen than just his good guy reputation.” Well, duh. Barry Allen is of course the Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds (though that’ll be no match for Tom, who, as we know, has more than a few tricks up his sleeve).
It won’t be his first foray into TV. Having risen to fame as bleach-blond bully Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, he’s since appeared in 2014 miniseries Labyrinth and detective show Murder in the First, and was most recently seen alongside Joseph Fiennes as Roman centurion Lucius in biblical drama Risen.
He’ll join existing series regulars Grant Gustin (who plays Barry Allen aka Flash), Candice Patton (Barry’s best friend Iris West), Tom Cavanagh (Dr Harrison Wells and Eobard Thane a.k.a. Reverse-Flash), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon a.k.a. Vibe), and Danielle Panabaker (Dr. Caitlin Snow).
What should we expect? Well, we already know a few tantalizing tidbits about the next season. Just last week the show’s lead Grant Gustin confirmed the title of the new season on Twitter:
FLASHPOINT. This is not drill. https://t.co/nzq2NJh9pl
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) June 20, 2016
Fans around the world immediately recognized it as the name of the comics’ “Flashpoint” storyline, which deals with the repercussions of the Flash traveling through time and changing history, and before you could say “Marty McFly” they had retweeted it 16,000 times, liked it 26,000 and shared a thousand reaction gifs (and counting).
What’s intriguing about this news is that there’s no character called Julian Dorn in that story, however. Nor does he feature in the wider DC Comics universe, meaning Tom will be playing either a whole new character or an existing one under another moniker. He’s being referred to as a “series regular” though, so rest assured it’ll be much more than just a cameo.
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