Zachary Levi to Star In ‘Heroes’ Reboot [VIDEO]

Zachary LeviEveryone’s favorite nerdy spy, Chuck Zachary Levi, is returning to NBC for the relaunch of Heroes, the series that ran from 2006-2010. The reboot is set to run as a 13 episode miniseries that will be a sort of sequel to the original Heroes and will be titled Heroes: Reborn, according to TVLine.

“We are happy to announce this morning that Zac Levi is joining the cast along with Jack Coleman, which we announced a few months ago,” Robert Greenblatt, the president of NBC said in a press statement. “We’re still keeping Zac’s role under wraps because everything about this show is shrouded in secrecy. More names will be announced in the coming months.”

The only other detail about Levi’s role was that his character is “key”.

“One of my first, and fondest, memories of joining the NBC family in 2007 was having the pleasure of getting to know Tim Kring, and the cast of Heroes. I was a fan of their collective work and always thought it was such a fantastic and fun world they got to play in,” Zachary Levi said in a statement. “With Heroes: Reborn, I’m honored to have the opportunity to bring more of that world to life, and excited to help in offering the fans of the franchise an epic new installation of a series that made such a huge impact on entertainment.”

“There are a few franchises I’ve always wanted to be a part of, and Heroes is one of them,” Zachary Levi told TVLine. “Chuck gave me the opportunity to wield some fun powers, but an entire world with superpowers is a world I’ve always wanted to explore. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with Tim [Kring], and the awesome team around him, in bringing this to life. Moreover, to be working with NBC again is such a reward in itself, as my bonds and relationships there are deep.”

Jack Coleman, who played Noah Bennett, also known as Horn Rimmed Glasses or HRG to many, will be returning. No other original cast members have been announced as of yet.

“Jack’s the way in, but I think – and I’m not trying to be coy because we just don’t know – you will see several of the old cast popping in to episodes,” Greenblatt said Friday at the Television Critics Association (TCA’s) winter press tour.

They plan to announce additional cast members over the next few weeks. Tim Kring, the creator, as well as writer and producer of Heroes, will be back for the miniseries. No air date for the series has been announced.

“The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” Jennifer Salke, the president of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement when the project was announced. “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.”

Heroes also starred Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panetierre (currently starring on Nashville), Milo Ventimiglia, Ali Larter (currently starring on Legends), Masi Oka (currently starring on Hawaii Five-O), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty & the Beast, Covert Affairs), and Adrian Pasdar (currently starring on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski
Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski

Levi previously starred as Chuck on the NBC series Chuck and recently played Fandril in the Thor sequel, Thor: The Dark World. He tweeted the news today after it was posted on the TVLine web site.

Heroes isn’t the first television show to get a recent reboot. The series 24, which starred Kiefer Sutherland, recently had a 12 episode miniseries that aired four years after the original series ended. That reboot co-starred Levi’s Chuck co-star Yvonne Strahovski. There has also been talk of bringing back the FOX series Prison Break, which ended in 2009, according to that shows stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, who are currently both starring on The Flash, and spoke about the possibility at the TCA’s over the weekend.

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