Panettiere Not Returning For “Heroes” Reboot?

Word came earlier this year that NBC is set revive its “Heroes” franchise with the new mini-series “Heroes Reborn”. Since its announcement, many have wondered how many of the original cast members will return.

Hayden Panettiere played cheerleader Claire Bennet on the series, the character appearing in more episodes than any other character on the show. Yet the actress remains just as in the dark as the rest of us regarding this reboot/follow-up.

Speaking with Cosmopolitan (via CBM) recently, Panettiere indicated she’s probably not going to be involved either way:

“Well, it was a shock to me. In fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.

I think it’s a whole new set of characters. Who knows? It’s a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, ‘That was our show, our home, our family,’ something that we had a major part in creating as well, and, I mean, I hope that they don’t have somebody else playing our characters, that would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure.”

The thirteen new episodes are said to follow a stand-alone story arc with a prequel web series set to debut beforehand.