(via comingsoon.net) Russell Tovey (Quantico, Looking) is set to play gay superhero The Ray in both The CW‘s November crossover event as well as the CW Seed animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray, according to TVLine. The four-part crossover will include Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and will take place on Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28. It was just revealed that the title for the crossover is Crisis on Earth-X.
The official description of the character goes as follows: “Raymond ‘Ray’ Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a ‘genetic light bomb.’ The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.”
Raymond “Ray” Terrill is the second character to use the name The Ray. The first appearance of Ray Terrill was in The Ray #1 in 1992. He’s been part of the Freedom Fighters, formerly Justice League of America, Justice League Task Force, Young Justice, JSA Reserves, Forgotten Heroes and the Justice League International.
The crossover is officially described as follows: “With all of the heroes in town to celebrate Barry and Iris’s wedding, villains from Earth-X crash the festivities with a deadly agenda.”
In addition to Quantico and Looking, Russell Tovey has appeared in Doctor Who, the BBC version of Being Human and Sherlock