According to TVLine, Astin’s character, Jean-Baptiste, is the lead singer of Throat Explosion, one of the groups competing against the New Directions at Nationals. Darren Criss posted a photo on Instagram of himself, Astin and Chord Overstreet on set confirming the news.
Astin’s role likely means he and Michele won’t cross paths, although you never know if she’ll show up to support her former glee club members at their big competition.
Astin starred in 2012’s surprise hit about a cappella singing, “Pitch Perfect,” and currently plays the lead in the TBS sitcom “Ground Floor.” He’s the third “Spring Awakening” alum to join the show, after Michele’s then real-life BFF/onscreen love interest Jonathan Groff in Season 1 and Phoebe Strole earlier in Season 5.
At this point, it’s probably more relevant to note which of Michele’s “Spring Awakening” co-stars haven’t been on “Glee.” (John Gallagher Jr., we’re looking at you!)