When Calls The Heart Season 9 just completed filming nearly two months ago. However, now Hallmark has shared some news about the upcoming season. That includes a key character change.
Who has been recast for WCTH Season 9?
Who Did WCTH Recast?
When Calls The Heart Season 9 is kicking off with a key cast change. According to Entertainment Tonight, Gunnar and Lincoln Taylor who played Baby Jack Thornton has now been replaced with Hyland Goodrich, who is portraying Little Jack.
This is Vancouver-based Goodrich’s television debut.
Hyland Goodrich Is Playing Little Jack On When Calls The Heart Season 9
Who is the actor playing Little Jack on When Calls The Heart? His name is Hyland Goodrich. Hyland lives with his folks and his older sister.
A bit of a young Renaissance child, he enjoys strumming his guitar, and playing with monster trucks, and riding his bike. He has a cat named Zelda, who enjoys snuggling with him when he is reading books.
Moreover, this Jack is older. When portrayed by Gunnar and Lincoln Taylor, his character was often called “Baby Jack.” Now, this older child is always referred to as “Little Jack.”
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When Calls The Heart Stars Talk About Little Jack In Season 9
What do Hyland’s new When Calls The Heart co-stars think of their new addition? Sounds like his television mom is quite enchanted with him.
Erin Krakow, who plays baby Jack’s mother, Elizabeth Thornton, is “delighted” with her new co-star. She even shared that he has brought both happiness to the tight-knit cast, and it sounds like he is already a pro at improvisation!
“Hyland has brought so much joy and laughter to Hope Valley. He’s a natural in front of the camera and his improvisations had us all grinning! We can’t wait for the Hearties to fall in love with Hyland’s performance, as we have.”
Krakow was quick to mention the acting twins who previously portrayed her character’s son. “We will miss Gunnar and Lincoln Taylor, who previously played Little Jack, but we will cherish all the memories we shared and they will always be very special members of our WCTH family!”
Gunner and Lincoln Taylor portrayed Baby Jack in three seasons-Season 6, Season 7, and Season 8.
Chris McNally Happy To Spend Time With Baby Jack
As for Chris McNally, he is happy to see his character Lucas Bouchard spend more time with Little Jack.
“I’m looking forward to next season… and seeing Lucas in more of a father-figure role, which I think you got a little glimpse of when [he had a meaningful conversation with Nathan’s daughter, Allie, in season 8]. I feel like we will see more of that and explore more of that.”
Both Krakow and McNally were concerned when filming Season 8 that there were no scenes between Lucas and Baby Jack. During the two seasons of the Love Triangle, Elizabeth was trying to choose between Mountie Nathan (Kevin McGarry) and saloon owner, Lucas Bouchard.
While Nathan was with his niece/daughter, he demonstrated he is good with children. However, Hearties pointed out that we did not know how Lucas would be with children.
There were no scenes between Lucas and Baby Jack. This was a point that Erin and Chris brought up to the showrunners.
Turns out the reason there were no scenes filmed was not that the character did not like children. But it was due to Covid safety requirements that made filming a scene between them impossible.
When Does When Calls The Heart Season 9 Premiere?
Hearties want to know the premiere date of When Calls The Heart Season 9. As of now, Hallmark has not made an announcement.
However, last year, they did announce the premiere date in December. Since Season 3, When Calls The Heart has premiered in the month of February.
Unless there are unforeseen delays, Hearties should feel comfortable planning to watch Hyland Goodrich as baby Jack in February 2022.
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