Seeing as more than half of their members graduated at the end of last year, the New Directions will be in serious need of new faces when Glee returns for Season 4 this September.
It’s already been established that a glee club needs at least 12 members in order to compete at Sectionals, and the New Ds are currently down to only seven!
Luckily, those empty spots are already filling up. Co-creator Ryan Murphy introduced two of the newbies on Twitter, posting a picture that said, “GLEE's amazingly adorable new choir room additions, Jacob Artist and Melissa Benoist...soon to be known as JARLEY.”
Jacob Artist will play Jake Puckerman, a slick new dancer at school — who also happens to be Puck’s (Mark Salling) rebellious younger half-brother. Melissa is playing a new girl named Marley, but little is known about her character so far.
We’ve heard that the newest leader of the New Directions won’t be anybody fans would expect. Do you think that either Jake or Marley might be in the running?
Also, we’re a bit surprised — but very much impressed — by the fact that Ryan Murphy freely uses Glee mashup names. Mental note: Jake + Marley is Jarley. Shippers, start preparing yourselves now.
One moment to do a little math before we go, though. At the start of Season 4, the New Directions still need five new members. Adding Jarley brings it down to three. So who do will still have left to meet?
Melissa’s Glee casting was announced alongside another newcomer: Becca Tobin, who will play a new girl named Kitty. Becca is blond, and we heard earlier that Glee was casting a “blond and bitchy dancer,” so we can only assume they will be one and the same. There’s also the still-unannounced winner of The Glee Project 2. We’re assuming he or she will join the New Ds, as well.
But even that still leaves one open spot. Could Unique (Alex Newell) possibly be transferring to McKinley, like she pondered doing last season. Alex is being brought on as a recurring character for Season 4, after all.
Who do you hope the final three New Directions members will be? Head to the comments and sound off.
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