EXCLUSIVE: The Top Contenders For TV's 'The Flash' (UPDATED)

– by L-R

the flash exclusive 2ND UPDATE: Grant Gustlin got the gig according to THR.

UPDATED: I found out who contender # 3 is. Read below.

With three weeks to go before shooting starts for Dr. Barry Allen on the 2nd season of Arrow, the top contenders for TV's THE FLASH emerge.

The Flash will get the origin treatment this season on Arrow, then possibly get his own spin-off series on The CW.

Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg last week told EW,

“We’ll have to have somebody by Sept. 30, which is when we start shooting [his first] episode. So there is that timeline,” he says. “But it’s been a really exciting process just getting to meet so many fantastic actors and seeing the enthusiasm that so many people around town have for the character. It’s just amazing — I have pictures of myself at age 4 holding a Flash and a Superman doll. That I’m sitting here writing the Flash and Green Arrow now, it’s more than my little nerd heart can bear sometimes.”

After auditioning a bunch of actors for the role, we have exclusively learned that it is now down to three actors who will screen test today. We know two of three names screen testing. When I find out who the third actor is later today, I will update the story.

Let's meet our contenders.

1) James Mackay

james mackay

Australian actor James Mackay, who will be seen in Roland Joffe’s upcoming film Singularity, is the 2013 winner of the Heath Ledger Scholarship Award. The prize was awarded by Australians in Film, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that serves as an industry guild for Australian filmmakers and performers in the U.S. The 28-year old actor has appeared in the Cry Havoc Theatre Company’s contemporary adaptation of Julius Caesar and in such films as Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

2) Matt Barr

matt barr

Matt Barr is best known for his role as Johnse Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys with Kevin Costner for the History Channel. The 29 year old actor was on the CW before in Hellcats playing series regular Dan Patch. Hellcats was canceled after one season.

3) Grant Gustin

grant gustin

Grant Gustin is best known for his role in Glee as Sebastian Smythe of The Dalton Academy Warblers. Gustin won the recurring role of Sebastian, a promiscuous and scheming character, after "an exhaustive, weeks-long casting search". The 23 year old actor has indie Affluenza up next.

My money is on Matt Barr. Who do you got?

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