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J-Lo's ABC Family Pilot Casts Young Disney Channel Star THR

The ABC Family pilot "The Fosters," from producer Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, has cast "Wizards of Waverly Place" actor Jake T. Austin, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed.

Austin, who just ended four seasons playing Max Russo on Disney Channel's "Wizards," will play Jesus Foster, a teen with a level head who's the opposite of his twin sister, the story notes. The hour-long drama focuses on a mixed-race lesbian couple who have a biological son as well as several adopted children.

The pilot has drawn criticism from the anti-gay conservative group One Million Moms, which is asking its members to protest the project.

jake-t-austin.jpgJake T. Austin