Rumors are flying fast that Jim Parsons, best known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, is being considered for the role of Barry Allen/The Flash in the upcoming big screen adaptation.
While Sheldon may be the world’s leading Flash expert, complete with his own costume, Parsons admitted at the L.A. PaleyFest that he doesn’t actually know that much about the character:
I need to study up on the Flash… I know that he is red and gold and moves quickly. But I do have a theory that a lot of times, actors do their best work when they are playing characters that they know little-to-nothing about — at first.
Despite not knowing much about the Scarlet Speedster, Parsons did go on to say that his casting “could be a match made in heaven,” a sentiment I’m sure many Flash and Big Bang Theory fans will share.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Barry Allen is a forensic scientist who gains the ability to run at amazing speeds after an accident in the lab. Taking on the persona of The Flash, Allen sets out to use his newfound powers to fight crime.
Parsons seems like an interesting choice for Allen, considering the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, and Bradley Cooper have been batted about as possible contenders in the past. Going with a bit of a brainier look for the character makes a lot of sense though, considering the character’s backstory as a scientist.
No casting has been confirmed, and little is known at all about The Flash film. Arrow’s Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Geoff Johns, are expected to write, with Berlanti also taking the director’s seat. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any updates as fast as we can!
Do you think Jim Parsons would make a good Flash?