'Heroes' Actor to Star in New Web Series


Peter Petrelli has been practically powerless in the last chapter of Heroes but at least his portrayer, Milo Ventimiglia, is working on a new project that would showcase the mightiest forces of the science fiction world. The question of "who would win in a battle between Darth Vader and Gandalf?" will be answered as the Heroes actor dramatizes such epic battles for a web series called Ultradome.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ultradome will pit fictional figures against one another in an arena environment. Considering the promise of a special effects showdown, the web series sounds pretty cool. However, there's a catch: Instead of watching computer graphic versions of Superman and Spiderman, the series will feature two fans dressed up as the character they're rooting for as they settle hypothetical disputes in a showdown. Still, fans will be able to see Ventimiglia as the frontrunner and co-producer of the series.


"My whole life has been spent engaged with friends in intellectual debate ... like whether Captain Kirk is tougher than Spock or if Middle Earth is a more difficult place to live than Tatooine," Ventimiglia said. "With Ultradome, we can bring these debates to the public and settle them in the most logical way possible: through armed combat."


Ultradome consists of three to five minutes per episode where in two characters engage in a heated geek-culture arguments then are transported to an arena where the duo engage in single combat using all the weaponry, skills and pop culture touchstones from their respective hero's creative arsenal.


The project is from Agility Studios along with Ventimiglia's DiVide Pictures, while the concept is similar to Spike TV's new series Deadliest Warrior, which reconstructs hypothetical match-ups.


"We could make episodes of this format ad infinitum," said Keith Quinn, Agility's chief creative officer. "This is the type of thing people talk about over drinks."


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