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Casting: ‘Heroes’

Posted by Brian on 06/05/2009

Source: AICN / Ausiello Files / THR

AICN somehow got in touch with genius, Bryan Fuller, to inquire on his exact role in the fourth season of Heroes. It turns out he’s a consultant, the position he held in the first and third seasons, and NOT showrunner as I was hoping (praying) but there’s good news. “I’m developing a couple of TV shows to pitch to [NBC Universal next month.” Fuller is under contract for the next year and a half with NBC Universal.

New shows?! From Bryan Fuller?! AMAZING! I was hoping he hadn’t signed on to Heroes for the entire year. I’m glad to hear he’s still developing original projects. Television needs him. In addition to that news, here’s a breakdown of recent casting additions:

Darth Maul himself, Ray Park, will join the show with a sizeable arc. Park will next be seen as Snake Eyes in GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra. Deanne Bray (Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye, The L Word), whose part was specifically written for a deaf actress, joins the cast to play a love interest for one of the main characters. Rachel Melvin (Days Of Our Lives) has also joined the cast as another of Claire Bennett’s (Hayden Pantierre) college roommates, joining Madeline Zima who was announced earlier this week in a multi-episode arc.

Casting breakdowns are describing the characters as Carnival workers, i.e. “Knife Thrower”, “Tattooed Girl.” Among the casting calls was a search for “a middle-aged Eddie Izzard type to play the Carnival Barker, a smooth operator with a wicked wit” , a small character was set to grow over the course of the season. That fits Robert Knepper‘s casting to a tee. The consensus is that the new season will have a bit of a Carnivàle-esque theme.


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