Michael Vartan on 'Alias' 2.0: There's only one Sydney Bristow

michael-vartan-alias-reboot-zap2it.jpgA "reliable insider" at ABC said preliminary talks were circulating about creating a reboot of J.J. Abrams hit spy series " Alias," according to an E! Online report.

At this point, there's no word whether original stars Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan and Victor Garber would be involved in any remake, or even whether Abrams would return (he's currently working on the new spy drama "Undercovers" for NBC).

Vartan, present star of TNT's medical drama "HawthoRNe", weighs in on the "Alias" reboot buzz.

"I've heard rumors here and there," Vartan tells Zap2it. "I really do not know anything. It's such a rumor, quote, unquote, that I haven't even bothered calling anyone that was even loosely associated with the show in the past to find out if there's any validity to the story.

"I think it's a total rumor, but if they do redo it, and they don't bring back the original cast, that would be weird. I was talking about this with someone the other day -- it's one thing to do 'Charlie's Angels' all over again with a brand-new cast, because obviously enough time's passed.

"But I feel like Victor and Jennifer and myself and Bradley [Cooper], we're still young enough to do all those things. It's not like we're fossils, where they need to get an entire new cast of twentysomethings.

"So, I think if they did revisit 'Alias' with a new cast, to be honest with you, it's not because I think we were so great, but I don't think it would be well-received. It would be so weird."

After all, "Alias" was not just about spy hijinks, it was also very much about the journey of Sydney Bristow and those she knew and loved.

"Exactly," says Vartan. "The characters themselves were just as much a part of the story as the story itself. It just would be weird. I have heard rumors of a possible 'Alias' movie, but again, all rumors, who knows how these things get started?"

There's also the question of the stars being employed, such as Vartan's job in "HawthoRNe," or Garner's and Cooper's movie careers. This year alone, Garner and Cooper appeared in "Valentine's Day," and Cooper can currently be seen in the big-screen reboot of "The A-Team."

No matter what, it would be very hard to imagine "Alias" without Garner.

"Jennifer's got her children and movie career," Vartan says, "so she's busy. I'm not sure she'd want to do it."

Asked if he would want to guest-star if "Alias" rebooted with an all-new cast or just tell them to 'go with God' and do something else with his life, Vartan says, "I would say, 'Go with God' and do something else. There's only one Jack Bristow and Sydney Bristow."

Viewers can catch Vartan on TNT's "HawthoRNe" when the second season kicks off on June 22 and stay tuned for more of Zap2it's interview with the star.

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