Star Wars alum Mark Hamill joins The Flash as an old-school baddie

He might be wrapping up one of the most anticipated films of the decade in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Mark Hamill still has a soft spot for taking on the Scarlet Speedster.

Hamill has signed on for a guest role on The CW’s Flash series, reprising the role of a villain he first played in the short-lived 1990s Flash series. It’s another big nod to the original Flash series, following the casting of original star John Wesley Shipp as the father of Grant Gustin's Barry Allen. Amanda Pays is also reprising her role as Dr. Tina McGee soon. We're getting meta, folks, and it couldn't be cooler.

Hamill will once again play DC villain the Trickster, though we doubt this version will be quite as in-freaking-sane as the original TV version — which was one part Jim Carrey’s Riddler from Batman Forever and one part WTF 1990s weirdness. According to a report at HitFix, Hamill’s Trickster will already be in jail and actually work with the cops to stop a copycat. 

Here’s the official character description and some intel on the early 2015 episode, No. 17 on the season, that will feature Hamill’s guest role:

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.

This news is, to put it simply, awesome. Apart from his former Flash role, Hamill is likely best known to DC fans for voicing the Joker in several animated features and videogames. It's worth noting that his Trickster performance also inspired his iconic Joker voice. So he’s no stranger to the comic-book world. Plus, with The Force Awakens in the offing, Hamill will be at peak zeitgeist coming into this appearance — which should help bring even more buzz to the hit CW series.

Are you looking forward to Hamill’s appearance? Do you think it’s a good move to have him reprise his role?

(Via HitFix)

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