According to TV Line, another Amell is joining DC’s TV universe. Robbie Amell (cousin to Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell) has been cast in the recurring role of Ronnie Raymond in The Flash. Raymond will serve as a S.T.A.R. Labs maintenance worker who is engaged to Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow and reportedly plays an integral part in the accident that gives Barry Allen his powers. Amell makes his debut in the third episode.
Being engaged to Caitlin Snow who eventually becomes Killer Frost is a nice bit of irony.
In the comics the original Firestorm was unique for his integrated dual identity. High school student Ronnie Raymond and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Martin Stein were caught in a nuclear accident that allowed them to fuse into the “nuclear man” Firestorm. Due to Stein’s being unconscious during the accident, Raymond was prominently in command of the Firestorm form with Stein a voice of reason inside his mind.
The character has a set of complex powers as he has the ability to rearrange the atomic and subatomic structure of inorganic matter, rearranging subatomic particles to create objects of different atomic characteristics of equal mass. He can not only change and transmute the atomic composition of an object (transmuting lead into gold of equal mass) but he can also change its shape. In addition to superhuman strength and flight.
Amell’s TV credits include Tomorrow People, Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, Revenge, 1600 Penn and True Jackson VP.
The cast of The Flash show includes Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris’s father, Detective West, Rick Gosnett as Central City Police Detective Eddie Thawne aka Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon aka Vibe, Danielle Panabaker as S.T.A.R. Labs bioengineer Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost, Tom Cavanagh as S.T.A.R. Labs CEO Harrison Wells, Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen, and John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen.
The Flash arrives from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg who, along with Geoff Johns, will write the pilot episode with Arrow pilot director David Nutter at the helm.
The Flash will premiere on October 7th.