Pop Goes The News — Zachary Levi returns to TV as part of the ensemble cast of the highly anticipated series Heroes Reborn.
The 13-episode follow-up to Heroes, which ran for four seasons beginning in 2006, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and will premiere on NBC on Sept. 24, only days after production is scheduled to wrap in Toronto.
According to NBC, a Texas city has been decimated by a terrorist attack and those “with extraordinary abilities” who are blamed for it “are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.”
Levi’s character Luke Collins and his wife Joanne (Judith Shekoni) lost their son in the attack and seek to avenge his death.
Among the familiar characters in Heroes Reborn are Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman), Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis).
New cast members include Ryan Guzman, Henry Zebrowski and Francesca Eastwood.
Levi, familiar as the lead in Chuck (which ended a five-season run in 2012) will turn 35 only five days after Heroes Reborn debuts.
During a recent break in filming, Levi answered a few questions.
Not much has been revealed about Heroes Reborn. Can you at least confirm that you are in the show?
(laughs) I am actually in Heroes Reborn. That’s an excellent question and one I can answer.
Was it daunting to sign on for this series knowing there are fans with such high expectations?
Yeah, sure. There’s almost nothing harder to battle than expectations. That can be daunting and a little terrifying sometimes.
I saw it as an opportunity to play a very different role for myself and be a part of a franchise that I had a lot of love for the first time around and hopefully offer fans something they’ll really enjoy.
I like making people laugh, or making them cry. I like moving them. To tell human stories, connective stories, with whatever your backdrop is, is a real privilege. I feel very blessed that I’ve gotten to do it for most of my adult life and I feel very blessed that I get to do it now with Heroes Reborn.
Did you come to the series fresh or did you talk to some of the original cast members and pick their brains?
I talked to [Zachary] Quinto a little bit. He and I have been buddies really since I started Chuck. We met in New York at the up-fronts and just hit it off. You know, when you’re both named Zach…
He and I talked a little bit. I’ve since talked to Milo [Ventimiglia] a little bit. I talked to Jack Coleman about it. I was friends with a lot of them so I knew a lot of the process as they were doing the series the first time around. I just thought, that’s a fun sandbox to play in.
When they told you they’re making Heroes Reborn in Toronto, did you say, “Sweet exchange rate!”
No, I did not say that. (laughs) I was like, ‘wherever you feel like we’re going to get the most bang for our buck and we can make the best show.’
BELOW: Watch the trailer for Heroes Reborn.