A new photo shows Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reuniting to film season 11 of The X-Files. The stars of the acclaimed FOX sci-fi series first reunited in 2016, of course, when Duchovny and Anderson’s FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully got back on the case for a six-part X-Files revival – a long-awaited 10th season after the show’s initial series run from 1993 to 2002.

A hit with fans, talks almost immediately began after season 10 for another season, and FOX announced in the spring that season 11 was happening. Not long after that, all the proper pieces started falling back into space, including Duchovny and Anderson’s return, along with Mitch Pileggi (as FBI assistant director Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man), as well as Tom Braidwood, Bruce Harwood and Dean Haglund (the conspiracy theory trio The Lone Gunmen).

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Most recently, producers announced that Annabeth Gish (FBI Agent Monica Reyes in season 8 and 9) would also reprise her role for at least one episode, and Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose, who were introduced as FBI Special Agents Miller and Einstein, respectively, in season 10, would be back for season 11.

It’s only appropriate, though, that Anderson and Duchovny officially mark the kickoff of the filming for the 11th season, which happened in a tweet Monday from Anderson’s Twitter account. With a message that simply said, “Well, it’s about time!” a smiling Anderson and unshaven Duchovny stared into camera in the selfie taken by Anderson. See the tweet below:

Perhaps the most exciting news about the return of The X-Files for another season is that it will consist of 10 episodes – four more than the season 10 revival. Plus, instead of the expanded storyline that hampered season 10, the series will employ a “simpler mythology” and get back to basics like the earlier seasons of the show and have more standalone episodes. Like season 10, season 11 will introduce even more important characters to the X-Files universe.

The only potential downside of The X-Files season 11 is that it will be awhile before it premieres, since it’s not scheduled to debut until mid-season 2018. In the meantime, fans can get caught up on some past X-Files adventures via the audio production The X-Files: Cold Cases for Audible Originals, which was released last month. Anderson and Duchnovy reunited for Cold Cases along with Pilleggi, Davis, Braidwood, Harwood and Haglund. Based on The X-Files graphic novels by Joe Harris, Cold Cases is set after the events of 2008 feature film The X-Files: I Want to Believe and prior to the events of The X-Files season 10.

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