‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival: Netflix Confirms Jared Padalecki Will Reprise His Role As Rory’s High School Sweetheart

And then there were three!

That’s right… Netflix has officially confirmed that Jared Padalecki (Supernatural), who played Rory Gilmore’s (Alexis Bledel) high school sweetheart Dean Forester, will be joining the Gilmore Girls revival. For those who aren’t keeping track, that makes the third, and final, of Rory’s former loves to agree to return to Stars Hollow.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Matt Czuchry, who played the part of Rory’s Yale boyfriend Logan Huntzberger, confirmed his return, and on Wednesday, Netflix announced that Milo Ventimiglia had signed on to the four-part miniseries as well to reprise his role as Rory’s bad-boy boyfriend Milo Ventimiglia.

On Wednesday, Ventimiglia took to Twitter to share the exciting news. Milo shared a photo of the Gilmore Girls script and captioned it as follows.

Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino previously spoke about her desire to have all three of Rory’s former flames join in for the revival. Now that she has all three actors confirmed for their returns, it should make for an interesting storyline for Rory and her love life.

“Our plan is to get as many of [Rory’s] lovely men back as possible,” Sherman-Palladino said. “We’re still dealing with who’s going to be in it. We definitely want to see them. And we have storylines planned. I just need someone to tell me they’re going to show up.”

Last year, the Gilmore Girls cast reunited at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, where both Milo and Matt talked about Rory’s love life and who they thought she should have ended up with.

“I’m going to say Jess, but I love Dean. Mostly because I love Jared, but at the same time, in the same breath, I can’t say I don’t love Matty, because I love Matty, but Logan was a d—,” Ventimiglia told People Magazine at the time. “I think Rory, she had some wild ones. She had a good range of romantic relationships.”

The last time Gilmore Girls fans saw Logan Huntzberger was when he was preparing to go to California after Rory turned down his marriage proposal. At the festival, Matt said he thought Rory made the right decision by saying “no” to Logan.

“I have thought about that of course over a period of time and a lot of me thinks Rory probably made the right decision in terms of saying no,” Czuchry said. “Not just because of it being Logan, but just at that time in her life.”

“I also think that show was about two strong women who had been on their own and make their way on their own, so I felt like that was the heart of the show,” Matt continued. “Regardless if it had been Logan, Dean or Jess who asked her at the end, I think she gave the proper answer: ‘No.’ It’s not a reflection on Logan, but more of a reflection on the show, the heart of the show in terms of Rory being on her own and a strong woman on her own. I kind of like that answer.”

Jared Padelecki will be joining the other original cast members including: Kelly Bishop (Emily), Sean Gunn (Kirk), Scott Patterson (Luke), Keiko Agena (Lane), Liza Weil (Paris) and Yanic Truesdale (Michel). David Sutcliffe, who played Lorelai’s high school sweetheart, and Rory’s father, Christopher Hayden, has also confirmed his return. Sutton Foster, who starred in Bunheads, which was also created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, has signed on for the project, making her the first new cast member, according to Variety.

The Gilmore Girls revival, which does not currently have a name or premiere date, will not feature the traditional hour-long episodes. Instead, Netflix has ordered a miniseries, which will consist of four 90-minute episodes that each take place in a different part of the year.

[Photo by Charles Sykes/Associated Press]