There's another man in Aria Montgomery's (Lucy Hale) life.
That's right: Pretty Little Liars is serving up a juicy little love triangle in its second season, premiering next Tuesday on ABC Family.
So who is this new guy threatening Aria and Ezra's (Ian Harding) "Don't Stand So Close to Me" romance? Well, for starters, he's not exactly "new"...
"You've met the character before," executive producer I. Marlene King told us about Ezra's romantic rival, "but he's been recast so it's going to be a new actor in that role." In fact, Drew Van Acker is replacing actor Parker Bagley as—wait for it—Jason DiLaurentis—Alison's brother!
Aria is hooking up with her murdered friend's bro? Something tells us super-stalker "A" is going to love this.
So why recast the role of Jason? "This actor works more for where we're going with that story," Marlene told us. You won't hear us complaining. No offense to Mr. Bagley, but Drew Van Acker—a former underwear model—is yummier than a box of A's cupcakes.
"He plays a dark and mysterious guy, and he taps into Aria's dark and mysterious side," Marlene adds. "She used to be what we call 'Goth-lite' in flashbacks, he kind of taps into that, he remembers Aria in her pink hair and the person she used to be, and they kind of connect in that way."
So while Ezra is dealing with his own blast from the past—Jackie, his secret ex-fiancée (see, Aria's not the only pretty little liar in this relaysh)—Aria too will be hitting her own history books. In an upcoming episode, Marlene tells us, "They say, like, 'People will only remember the dark details of Alison's murder,' and Aria says, 'We're those dark details.' So [Aria and Jason] have that thing in common."
Jason will also be getting closer—literally—to the other Pretty Little Liars: "Alison's brother last season bought Maya's [Bianca Lawson] house, but he didn't move in," Marlene reveals. "The girls saw him in a window one time and that was it. He will be moving back to Rosewood and he will be living in that house." And even though it's the same house where the DiLaurentis family lived before his sister Alison died, Jason will be residing there "alone, without his mother and father," says Marlene—giving him plenty of opportunities to spy on his next-door neighbor, Emily, and the other girls.
So in addition to being Aria's new BF, could Jason also be—dun dun dun—A?
Don't miss the return of Pretty Little Liars on June 14 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
Are you excited about the new PLL love triangle, or do you want to see Aria and Fitz stay together...at least until they can hold hands in public? Is Jason a good guy, or up to no good? Sound off in the comments!