Heroes spin-off show to feature original characters

The cast of Heroes

Heroes Reborn, a spin-off of the US sci-fi show, will feature characters from the original, NBC has confirmed.

"Some familiar faces from the show are bound to drop in," said NBC's entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt at a presentation in New York.

"We have a big mini-series called Heroes Reborn, based on one of NBC's strongest dramas in recent years."

The 13 episodes are due to be shown in 2015.

"Its original creator Tim Kring will reboot the show," added Greenblatt.

"Plus, we'll ramp into the show with an original online series prior to launch."

No further details about the casting have been revealed yet.

Heroes Reborn logo

When the news of the reboot was announced earlier this year, Masi Oka, who played Hiro Nakamura, tweeted: "Was watching the Olympics and saw the #HeroesReborn trailer. Time to dust off the sword?"

According to the official website, the series will be "revitalized, re-energized and reborn".

It adds: "The Heroes saga continues in the summer of 2015 as new and returning characters collide in the epic and never-ending battle between the powers of good and the forces of evil."

The 20-second teaser trailer for the series has been viewed more than 4.5m times since it first appeared on YouTube on 22 February.

The cast of Heroes

"The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening," said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, in a statement at the time.

"Shows with that kind of resonance don't come around often and we thought it was time for another instalment."

Heroes ran for four series between 2006 and 2010 and featured stars including Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere and Jack Coleman.

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