Jesus won’t be gone from “The Fosters” forever, but actor Jake T. Austin will be. The ABC Family drama will recast the actor.
Fans were relieved to find out that Jesus wasn’t dead in the Season 3 premiere. He’d been in a car accident at the end of Season 2 and it seemed likely that he would die, especially after Austin announced his departure in March. Jesus was revealed to be alive in Monday night's episode, but he went to boarding school.
A family member can't be off at boarding school forever, though. Jesus will return eventually, but another actor will play him, TV Guide reports. “The announcement [about who it is] will be forthcoming, but right now [Jesus] is at boarding school wrestling to his heart's content and we'll be checking in with him,” executive producer Peter Paige said. “It'll be a little while [before we see him].”
The part of Mariana's (Cierra Ramirez) brother has not been announced yet, but we have a few suggestions:
1. Adam Irigoyen – The 17-year-old has a Disney channel background, much like Austin. Irigoyen is best know for his part on the sitcom “Shake It Up” as Deuce but his first role was as New Conscience on Austin’s former show, “Wizards of Waverly Place.” According to his IMDb page, Spanish is his first language, which could come in handy on “The Fosters.” Jesus and Mariana occasionally speak to each other in Spanish.
It's been a min since I tweeted but I just want to say thank you for always supporting me! pic.twitter.com/2Uhw4c9kzf
— Adam Irigoyen (@adamirigoyen) March 23, 2015
2. Lorenzo James Henrie – Though the actor is 21, dramas are known to cast older actors to play younger characters all the time. Henrie seems like he’ll be busy for the time being with a role on AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” but if the spinoff is anything like “The Walking Dead,” he might not be alive for long. With a decade of acting experience, it seems like he’d easily be able to handle the role of Jesus.
— lorenzo henrie (@Lorenzohenrie) October 30, 2013
3. Luca Oriel – Oriel caught audiences’ attention earlier this year on “Shameless” as Debbie’s boyfriend Derek. He can definitely act and handle the more dramatic aspects of the role. Plus, his “Shameless” character had a lot of boxing scenes, which might help him since Jesus loves being on the wrestling team.
— luca (@luca_oriel) November 6, 2014
“The Fosters” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC Family. Who do you think should replace Jake T. Austin as Jesus? Sound off in the comments section below!