His Marvin Gaye biopic still in production (although I suspect it’s in post-production currently), Jesse L. Martin has booked a role in The CW’s Flash pilot, to play Detective West, who’s described as a respectable, blue-collar cop and surrogate father to Barry Allen aka The Flash (played by Grant Gustin).
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.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.