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'Heroes' Co-Star Joins FOX's 'Terminator' Pilot

The fate of the world may now be in Thomas Dekker's hands.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dekker has been cast as humanity's savior John Connor in FOX's "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," a small screen extension of the popular "Terminator" franchise.

"The Sarah Connor Chronicles" takes place in-between the events of "Terminator 2" and "Terminator 3" and follows Sarah and 15-year-old son John Connor as they prepare to save the world or something of that ilk.

Expect the Josh Friedman-scripted pilot to further confuse a timeline that has already set several different dates for Judgment Day (8/29/97 and 7/24/04 in particular) and, if you'll recall, mourned Sarah Connor's passing in 1997.

Warner Bros. TV is producing the pilot, which will be shot early next year with David Nutter ("Roswell," "Smallville") at the helm.

Lena Headey was previously cast as Sarah. The 33-year-old Headey will make for an interesting maternal pairing with Dekker, who turns 19 later this month.

Dekker is probably best known for his recurring turn as Zach, friend and videographer to Hayden Panettiere's death-defying cheerleader. He's also done guest or recurring turns on "Shark," "House," "7th Heaven" and "Boston Public."

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