Although NBC wasn’t able to lure Zachary Quinto back to Heroes Reborn, another original cast member is joining the event series.
Deadline is reporting that Masi Oka has signed on to Heroes Reborn, the 13 episode revival of Heroes. During the original four season run of Heroes, Oka became famous for playing Hiro Nakamura, a man who discovered his powers over time and space as he went on a heroic journey.
“I’m excited to return to my Heroes roots,” said Oka in a statement. “Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV.”
Series creator Tim Kring added that “The character of Hiro Nakamura was such a huge part of the first series’ success, and a gigantic fan favorite. We felt the fans would really love seeing him back in action again.”
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Following Heroes, Oka joined Hawaii Five-0 as Max Bergman, an eccentric coroner. Oka has also appeared in Friends with Benefits, Jobs, Get Smart, Fired Up, and Searching for Sonny.
Prior to Oka’s casting, Jack Coleman was the only original cast member from Heroes slated to return in Heroes Reborn. The other cast members include Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Ryan Guzman, Henry Zebrowski, Gatlin Green and Kiki Sukezane; all of whom will be portraying brand new characters.
NBC has not yet set a premiere date for Heroes Reborn, but it is expected to debut later this year.