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Kristen Bell is the Newest Hero

Take that, "Lost"! Despite rumors that former "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell could be headed to the mysterious island, she's decided to join the cast of "Heroes" instead.

Bell will guest-star in several episodes of the show's second season. According to Variety, she will play Elle, who is described as "a sexy, mysterious young lady" who is connected to Peter's apparent death, Claire's future, and HRG's past. Her first appearance will come in October, when she will commit a serious crime — though it's unclear whether she's good or evil.

The show's creator, Tim Kring, told Variety that landing Bell "was not easy to pull off," but they were able to work out a way to film her arc during a small window in her schedule. Bell also is planning to stick around as the narrator of "Gossip Girl" on the CW.

With all the "Heroes" casting news lately, I've started to lose track of who's who. For a recap of the new additions to the show,

  • Elle — Bell's character, with connections to HRG, Claire and Peter
  • May —the lead cheerleader at Claire's new school, played by Janel Parrish
  • Sophie — "a mysterious woman with powers" played by Jessica Collins
  • Monica — a girl who would "give up everything to help the people around her," played by Dana Davis
  • West — Claire's new boyfriend, played by Nick D'Agosto
  • Maya — a young woman with powers who is fleeing the Dominican Republic when the season begins, played by Dania Ramirez
  • Alejandro — Maya's twin brother, played by Shalim Ortiz.
  • Takezo Kensei — an ancient samurai warrior and Hiro's childhood hero, played by David Anders
  • Detective Fuller — a New York Police Department officer, played by Barry Shabaka Henley
  • Ricky — the ringleader of a group of Irish thugs, played by Holt McCallany
  • April — a "good girl" cheerleader at Claire's new school, played by Lyndsy Fonseca
  • Debbie — a "mean girl" cheerleader at Claire's new school, played by Dianna Agron
  • A Japanese princess — her name is unknown, but she'll be played by Eriko Tamura
  • Monica's grandma — played by guest star Nichelle Nichols

Whew.

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chancleta chancleta 9 years
not a fan of kristen but i'm loving the grannie! wish she had some cool power!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
how exciting! kristen will be great on that show!
Scarlet Scarlet 10 years
Yes, I knew there was something better in store for Kristen Bell than being Gossip Girl's voiceover!!
mandabanana mandabanana 10 years
just moved up to the top of my tivo list :) mars-yay, pulse-boo, heroes-YAAAY!
Ficklefaerie Ficklefaerie 10 years
I can't tell you how EXCITED I am to have Heroes on again. I'm soooo excited!
menthadict menthadict 10 years
Wow I think I need to start watching Heros, lol.
heroic heroic 10 years
aha! i may have to start watching heroes now. i love kristen bell!
hollybeebo hollybeebo 10 years
I bet she'll end up making out with Peter Petrelli.
JoyDivision JoyDivision 10 years
Hmm I guess I'm the only one that doesn't like Kristen Bell much!
lala788 lala788 10 years
this is a very good news , Kristen Bell in hero - i can't wait!
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
david anders + kristen bell. woo hoo!!
pipette1110 pipette1110 10 years
I still wonder how David Anders could look like an ancient samouraï! He's not even an Asian man!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
thanks for the recap! i was beginning to lose track of the new ppl. myself!
Akimber Akimber 10 years
Found her on vote site for your favorite KRISTEN celeb....she's one of the top ones
ReidMorgan ReidMorgan 10 years
This is so awesome, and I can't wait to see her on Heroes!
diorbaby diorbaby 10 years
wow, She is going to be busy!
pargie pargie 10 years
Not done being pissed about Veronica Mars' cancellation, but this and GG will do for now. Still, I'm going to need for the CW to bring VM back.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
Wow, that is a lot of new characters!
Candybee Candybee 10 years
I'm so happy! I love Kristen Bell. I didn't watch heroes before, but now I will!
Saturn9 Saturn9 10 years
It's a bird...it's a plane...it's Super Veronica! Yay!
adirtyspoon adirtyspoon 10 years
I'm just hoping she'll be a love interest for Peter.
erinflower erinflower 10 years
This just made my day, I am so glad she is joining this show.
hestadalen hestadalen 10 years
Used to love VM, currently love Heroes--can't wait to see sassy Ms. Bell on this awesome series!
petitsinge petitsinge 10 years
best casting news ever!
splayer splayer 10 years
Whoa... so many new characters. I hope this season isn't too confusing.
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