Heroes' New Cult Leader Into Teabagging, Fires

When NBC's superpowered Heroes returns in the fall, traditional enemies Sylar and/or the government will be replaced by faces more unexpected... but, for fans of canceled Fox show Prison Break or Star Wars, a little more familiar, as well. Spoilers...

Break's Robert Knepper - AKA the show's resident white supremacist racist T-Bag - has been announced as the main villain in the show's fourth season, having signed on to appear in "at least" six episodes. He'll be playing Samuel, who the Hollywood Reporter describes as

a Jim Jones type — charismatic but evil, with a twisted sense of humor — who will veer into the lives of all heroes.

We quoted Heroes creator Tim Kring earlier this week as saying that one of the major themes of the fourth season would be

how should a person with abilities live his or her life. Should they try to assimilate by hiding their abilities, or should they live more honestly, exposing their powers to the world?

Apparently, there's a third option: Follow a cult leader and go and live in a compound with disastrous consequences. But that's not all; Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello broke the news yesterday that the show has also added The L Word's Deanne Bray as a deaf love interest for one of the show's main characters (My bet? Peter, because it'll give him the opportunity to be emo and want to "heal" her). Much more excitingly, Star Wars Episode 1, X-Men and GI Joe's Ray Park in a yet to be disclosed role that, presumably, will feature a lot of stunt work and not an incredible amount of character work or dialogue. (He'll be playing one of the characters in the show's new "carnivalesque" storyline.)

Heroes season 4 begins in September.

'Heroes' casts new villain [Hollywood Reporter]