Credit: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images Photo: Ryan Merriman as Ian Thomas

PLL casting news! There are reports today that hottie Ryan Merriman will be replacing Carlo Marks as Melissa’s ex-boyfriend, Ian Thomas. We were introduced to Ian very briefly during Spencer’s flashback in the pilot episode, but we suspect that he’ll be getting some more screen time, since in-demand Ryan is too big of a name to cast for just a one-time cameo. We can expect to see Ryan make his first appearance in Episode 8, “Please Do Talk About Me When I’m Gone,” which is when Parker Bagley is slated to make his debut on the show, too. As if Ian Harding and Julian Morris didn’t give us enough to celebrate, there’s even more eye candy on the horizon for viewers this season!

Recognize Ryan’s handsome face? You’ve probably seen him in some of the hottest horror movies of the last few years, including Final Destination 3, The Ring Two, and Halloween: Resurrection. There’s no more scoop on this new role on PLL just yet — although fans of the books know that the Ian Thomas character plays a pivotal role in a major PLL mystery. We’re looking forward to Ryan steaming things up later this season!

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