As Heroes Reborn prepares to start shooting, we’ve learned that another original cast member will return to the franchise. NBC has announced that Masi Oka will reprise his role as time-traveler and teleporter Hiro Nakamura. He is the second original cast member to jump back in on the fun. Jack Coleman is also set to come back on as Noah Bennet.
Oka was a regular cast member on the original four seasons of the show, and he was a favorite character among fans. But in this limited series he will only have a guest-starring story arc. The actor had this to say about returning to the franchise in a statement:
“I’m excited to return to my Heroes roots. Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV.”
Series creator/executive producer Tim Kring added:
“We are thrilled to have Masi back in the Heroes family. 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.”
It will definitely be fun to see Hiro make an appearance, even if he doesn’t play as big a part in the story as he did the first time around. I’m sure he’ll still have a pivotal role in what happens in the story.
Heroes Reborn also stars Zachary Levi, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Henry Zebrowski, and Gatlin Green. Peter Elkoff and James Middleton join Kring as executive producers, and Matt Shakman will direct the first episode.
Specific plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but here’s the official description:
The saga behind the 2006 breakout series Heroes will continue as creator Tim Kring returns to the fold and develops new layers to his original superhero concept. This highly anticipated 13-episode miniseries will reconnect with the basic elements of the show’s first season where ordinary people were waking up to the fact that they had extraordinary abilities.
The series will debut this fall.