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Heroes alum Hayden Panettiere has landed one of the leading roles in ABC's Nashville pilot, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

The drama is a family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows two musicians, one who's already a star and the other who's on the rise (Panettiere). As previously announced, Jonathan Jackson, Powers Boothe, Robert Wisdom, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio will also star.

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While Panettiere is best known for playing the impervious cheerleader on Heroes, she also recently starred in Lifetime's Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy and in the film Scream 4.

Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and RJ Cutler will write and executive-produce Nashville.