Heroes adds a half-dozen

As Heroes readies itself for its next season, NBC has been adding cast members slowly, generally one at a time. Dania Ramirez, of The Sopranos fame, was added to the cast on June 1, and Nicholas D'Agosto landed the coveted role of Claire Bennet's (Hayden Panettiere) boyfriend earlier this week.

Today, the floodgates opened as six new actors were confirmed to have joined the hit NBC superhero drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Leading the way is David Anders, who is best known for playing Julian Sark on Alias. Anders will take the role of Takezo Kensei, the samurai warrior who was a boyhood idol of Hiro Nakamura's and once owned the sword that Hiro hunted down for much of season one.

In addition, Eriko Tamura, a Japanese pop star and actress, will play the role of a Japanese princess, veteran actor Barry Shabaka Henley (Detective Strummer in Close to Home) will suit up as a New York cop, Holt McCallany (Detective John Hagen in CSI: Miami) will play the leader of an Irish gang, and Lyndsy Fonseca ("Daughter" in How I Met Your Mother) and Dianna Agron (Jenny Budosh in Veronica Mars) will portray a pair of Californian cheerleaders who befriend Claire.

It is currently unclear which actors will be regulars and which will just be involved in multi-episode arcs. It is also assumed that the actors will play roles in Heroes rather than the six-episode spin-off Heroes: Origins, though NBC was unable to confirm that.

For more information on Heroes, read TV.com's previous coverage.

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