HitFix reports exclusively that Star Wars icon Mark Hamill will reprise the role that paved the way for his voicing the Joker for so many years. He’ll play James Jesse, aka Flash villain the Trickster.
The CW “Flash” already cast the CBS show’s star, John Wesley Shipp, as father to Grant Gustin’s Barry, but with Hamill — who will appear in the season’s 17th episode, sometime in 2015 — the new show gets to have it both ways. Hamill will again play James Jesse, but with the twist of a new Trickster (presumably based on the one Geoff Johns introduced during his original run in “The Flash” comic) out there for Barry to stop. Per the character description:
“Mark Hamill returns in a brand new interpretation of James Jesse (aka The Trickster), a role he originated on the 90’s ‘Flash’ series. In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps. The episode will reunite him with John Wesley Shipp who went up against him as the original ‘Flash’ on the CBS version.”
“Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said, “Having Mark reprise his role as The Trickster was on our original wish list when we were planning our version of The Flash. Christmas and Chanukah came early for us this year when he said yes! We are beyond humbled and excited to have him joining us for another round of deadly trickery!”