Bell to make Hero-ic appearance

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Attention Kristen Bell fans (and there are a lot of you out there)--you can finally let out a sigh of relief.

The star of the now-canceled cult favorite Veronica Mars is coming back to television--and not just to any old show either. Bell has ended speculation on her post-Mars gig by signing on to join the NBC megahit Heroes, reports Variety.

Bell will play Elle, a sexy (surprise!), mysterious (surprise again!) young woman who is somehow involved in several of the show's storylines and characters, including Claire, H.R.G., and Peter. The actress will join the series for multiple episodes, but just how many has not yet been revealed.

Several film and television studios have been scrambling to woo Bell since the demise of Veronica Mars, including ABC, which reportedly attempted to recruit the young starlet for its own hit drama (and Heroes rival) Lost.

"This was not easy to pull off," Heroes creator Tim Kring told Variety. "But since we're an ensemble show, with many arcs playing out through the year, we found a way to jump into a small window in [Bell's] schedule."

Bell's other upcoming projects include narrating the upcoming CW show Gossip Girl, acting as the lead in Judd Apatow's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and costarring in the geeky comedy Fanboys.

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