‘The Flash’ Casts ‘Candyman’ Star as Iris West’s Mother

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The Flash” has found Mama West. Variety has confirmed that “Candyman” and “Melrose Place” actress Vanessa Williams — not to be confused with the “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives” star of the same name — has been cast as Iris West’s (Candice Patton) mother Francine in season two of The CW drama.

Williams’ debut episode is being kept under wraps, as are any other details about the previously absent matriarch.

To confuse matters further, Williams also starred in the TV series adaptation of “Soul Food” — based on the 1997 movie starring the other Vanessa Williams — in the role originated by Vivica A. Fox. Her previous small screen appearances include “Chicago Hope” and “Murder One.”

As Variety first reported, fellow “Candyman” star Tony Todd was recently cast as the voice of “Flash” villain Zoom in the show’s sophomore season.

The show is expected to delve further into the West family in season two, thanks to the addition of Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, known in DC Comics canon as Iris’ nephew, and Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) sidekick and eventual replacement as The Flash. Wally’s connection to the West family and role in Barry’s life on the show have yet to be confirmed, with “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg noting, “Just like when we met Grant for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero. We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show.”

“The Flash” season two premieres Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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  2. Nikki M says:

    Finally! Mama West has been the mystery of all mysteries. I find it funny how there’s so much talk of Barry’s deceased mother but not one mention of why Iris’ mother isn’t there. It’s just the three of them in all of those flash backs and Joe still wears his wedding ring, yet Mama West is never talked about. I’m glad they are addressing this.

  3. T V Trope : Loads and Loads of Characters says:

    While it may be wonderful and exciting news to know Mama West and Wally West have been cast, The Flash needs to be careful it does not dilute its excitement quotient with an inordinate number of players. There have been enough “announcements” of new characters and villains and voices, during the hiatus, to make one’s head spin. Quantity does not guarantee quality with regard to story lines and production.
    The Flash is an hour long show with an eight hour talent lineup. “Too many cooks”…….and in this instance, perhaps a Mulligan Stew of excess ingredients that prevents significant and desirable character development.

    • J Turner says:

      I absolutely agree with you. The writers were able to do a great job deliveringaat season story line without too many “cooks in the kitchen” but I would absolutely be devastated if the show derailed due to having a convoluted plot.

  4. trish says:

    This is brilliant. So happy it’s been finally announced glad to have you and I can wait for all the West family goodness.

  5. Cilla says:

    Really looking forward to Mama West, can’t wait to know more about her and to see what kind of relationship she will have with Iris and Joe. The West family is finally complete, it is going to be great to see Iris, Wally, Mama West and Joe all together on screen. Excited for all the West family scenes.

  6. Paule says:

    AWESOME News!!!…Excited to learn more about Iris West, her mama, her bro Wally!! Psyched that Vanessa will play Mama West and that Keiynan will portray Fan-favorite Wally West aka 2nd Flash…Vanessa, Keiynan, Candice, and Jesse will make an AMAZING West family…Season2 Can’t start soon enough!!…WoooHoooooo #RepresentationMatters

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