Twentieth Century Fox’s cinematic mutant universe has been around in some shape or form since Bryan Singer’s X-Men premiered in 2000. Fox recently concluded the story of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in Logan, while the studio’s prequel X-Men series wrapped up in a manner in X-Men: Apocalypse last year. There are a number of other projects in the works within the mutant world – Deadpool 2, New Mutants, and X-Force, for instance – but the studio is also branching out into television. Marvel TV and Fox teamed up for Legion, the FX series from Noah Hawley (Fargo) that has become a critical darling.
Still, another X-Men television series is in the works at Fox from showrunner Matt Nix (Burn Notice) with Singer attached to direct the pilot. In recent weeks, all the major roles had seemingly been filled – human and mutant alike – with production gearing up to begin on the pilot. Now, the first photo of the cast assembled reveals the show’s potential title as well as a last minute addition.
X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner posted the photo to Twitter with the caption that refers to the project as Gifted – though it’s unclear whether this is the TV series’ official title or a working title. Additionally, the image includes The Originals star Joseph Morgan, who hadn’t previously been announced as joining the show’s cast. Take a look at the photo below:
Gifted follows two human parents – Reed and Kate Stewart, played by True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Angel’s Amy Acker – as they try to protect their children, who are coming into mutant powers, from the government. Gotham’s Natalie Alyn Lind plays Lauren Stewart, their daughter, while additional cast members include Switched At Birth’s Blair Redford as Sam, the leader of a group of mutants in hiding; Once Upon A Time’s Jamie Chung as Blink; Bunheads‘ Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane/Polaris; Incorporated’s Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, an original mutant; and Burn Notice’s Coby Bell as Jace Turner.
Since Morgan hadn’t been confirmed as part of the Gifted cast prior to Donner’s photo, nothing is known about his character, how he will fit into the series, or even whether he’ll be a mutant or not. But, seeing the whole cast come together for the script reading should indicate Gifted is on track for the pilot’s mid-March filming start date as previously reported. Since Fox ordered the show to series, it’s all but guaranteed to make it to air, though an official premiere date has yet to be revealed.
Still, while the broad strokes of the X-Men series’ plot have been revealed, it remains to be seen how Gifted will come together and whether it will prove to be as well received as Legion. Of course, with production seemingly gearing up for the pilot, it may not be too long before we see more behind-the-scenes photos – though it might be some time before any actual footage is released.
We’ll keep you updated on Gifted as more information becomes available.
Source: Lauren Shuler Donner
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