Russell Tovey To Play The Ray In Arrowverse Crossover

I just said in my last article posted 5 minutes ago that we can expect to hear of the live-action casting of The Ray soon. The animated series, Freedom Fighters: The Ray will be debuting on CW Seed soon and we knew they'd be giving us both an Earth-X and Earth-1 version… but the art they released for Crisis on Earth-X today lead me to believe we'd be getting a live-action version and now we know who. They've dived back into the Doctor Who pond and have tapped Russell Tovey for the role.

Russell Tovey

Tovey will play Raymond "Ray" Terrill, a reporter who discovered a government scientist working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could expose the project, he was exposed to a genetic light bomb. It failed to kill him, but instead gifted him light-based powers. He would take on the name of The Ray and fight for justice. Tovey, who is an openly gay actor, takes on the role of the openly gay superhero in a television universe that already includes gay and bi characters White Canary (Caity Lotz), Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum), Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) and Captain David Singh (Patrick Sabongui).

Freedom Fighters: The Ray

Tovey, who played Midshipman Frame on Doctor Who, is also known for roles on Being Human, Gavin & Stacey, Banished and most recently Quantico.



The crossover event begins Monday, Nov. 27 and conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 28.


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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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