October 20, 2008 at 09:29 PM EDT

Just about every under-30 actor in Hollywood wanted the part. I campaigned for Friday Night Lights‘ Scott Porter to get it. The Class grad Jason Ritter went in for it. But now, sources confirm to me exclusively that the season’s most coveted role — that of long-lost Walker bastard Ryan on Brothers & Sisters –- is about to go to (drum-roll, please) Luke Grimes!


Who the heck is Luke Grimes? Well, he’s the 24-year-old up-and-coming star of films such as All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and Assassination of a High School President. Duh.


Okay, so he’s not exactly a household name. Something tells me that’s all about to change. According to my B&S mole, the newb is so close to sealing a deal to play Ryan that all that’s left for him to do is dot the “i” on his contract.

So what do you think? When the newest Walker shows up later this season, will we be applauding the show’s daring casting of a total unknown? Or will we be lamenting the fact that once again the powers that be didn’t listen to me? I tried, Scott Porter. I tried.

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