Details Revealed for New X-Files Series

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Following  an exclusive set visit to its Vancouver filming location, Entertainment Weekly has revealed exciting new details about the upcoming X-Files mini-series.

The new series begins with an episode titled, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Man”, written by long-term X-Files scribe Darin Morgan. This will be followed by another called “Home Again” – not, according to series creator Chris Carter, a sequel to 1996’s super creepy “Home”.

“We’re not going to reboot any of the old favorites, although it was something we all thought about. These are all brand new stories. We hope to scare you in brand new ways,” said Carter.

The series sees detective duo Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) reunite to investigate a possible alien abduction. Perhaps surprisingly, the incident is called to their attention by a conservative talk show host, played by Community‘s Joel McHale. The alleged abductee, meanwhile, will be played by The Americans‘ Annet Mahendru.

Like previous X-Files stories, episodes of the new series are influenced by contemporary politics. This will lend the new series a different, slightly darker feel, thanks to the big cultural and global political shifts that have taken place during the show’s hiatus.

“The X-Filesended right after 9/11,” said creator Chris Carter. “A lot has happened since then. A lot of rollback of rights and liberties in the name of our protection. We’re being spied on now, we’re being lied to — all things that, for me, remind me of when I grew up, which was right around Watergate. I think we’re in similar and much more dire times right now.”

The political climate isn’t the only thing to have changed: at the start of the series, we find Mulder and Scully in very different situations personally. EW reports that Duchovny was dressed in a grey t-shirt with a lot of stubble and no shoelaces.

“Mulder’s not in a great place. He’s wearing bad jeans, so you can just extrapolate from my wardrobe. He’s in a dark, dark place,” he said.

Meanwhile, Anderson looked more composed, dressed smartly in “a skirt suit and high heels”.

“I like where we find Mulder and Scully in their relationship. I also like the area of zeitgeist that we step in to. It’s on point and raises some very interesting issues. And question marks,” she said.

Also making a return will be FBI boss Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and the “Cigarette Smoking Man” (William B. Davis), while original writers Glen Morgan and James Wong will be working alongside Carter and Darin Morgan to create the stories.

Sources: Nerdist | Entertainment Weekly

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