Count Det. Esposito in, too.
Jon Huertas is the latest Castle vet to sign on for a potential Season 9, joining titular leading man Nathan Fillion and fellow supporting player Seamus Dever (Det. Ryan), TVLine has learned. Cast members Molly Quinn (Alexis), Susan Sullivan (Martha) and Toks Olagundoye (Hayley) are all expected back as well, although its unclear if their deals have been finalized.
News of Huertas’ new pact comes nearly three weeks after leading lady Stana Katic‘s announced departure. Co-star Tamala Jones was similarly let go. Both were reportedly axed for budgetary reasons.
ABC has yet to formally renew Castle, but all indications point to the network bringing the series back for an abbreviated ninth season. Exec producer Alexi Hawley previously told TVLine that if the procedural is renewed by this Friday (May 13) then next Monday’s finale will end in a “dynamic” way that allows the show to move forward in a slightly altered incarnation — meaning, sans Katic and Jones. However, if Castle is cancelled by then, an alternate, closure-filled ending will be swapped in.