ABC has officially confirmed on Tuesday (September 25) that Lowe has already begun filming for the reality series' upcoming 17th series.
The Bachelor's executive producers sparked rumours of a casting announcement by tweeting today that the show's first rose ceremony of the season was taped on Monday (September 24).
Lowe famously competed for the love of Emily Maynard on The Bachelorette last season, but was sent home after reaching the final three.
He was rumoured to be starring in his own series of The Bachelor only days after being eliminated from its spinoff, even earning public backing from Maynard.
Olympian Ryan Lochte and former Bachelorette contestant Arie Luyendyk Jr were also reported to be in the running, but Luyendyk disclosed this week that he had "passed on" the series.
The Bachelor returns to ABC in January 2013.