The cinematic side of 20th Century Fox’s mutant universe first kicked off in 2000 with Bryan Singer’s X-Men, which launched the original trilogy. The X-Men franchise has since taken a number of confusing twists and turns in terms of continuity – not helped by X-Men: Days of Future Past rewriting the timeline and Logan taking place in the future. More recently though, Fox’s X-Men universe is in a state of transition as Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool takes on a bigger role, the prequel series continues, and a number of spinoffs are in the works. Additionally, Fox and Marvel TV teamed for the first time on FX series Legion.
Now, Fox is developing a second X-Men television series, which has been in the process of casting in preparation of its mid-March filming start date. Most recently, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner tweeted a photo of the show’s full cast and hinted that the title will be Gifted. The image featured The Originals star Joseph Morgan, prompting questions of whether he’d been cast – despite there having been no official reports – and, if so, what that would mean for The CW’s vampire series. Now, a new report clarifies the title of the series and whether Morgan is officially part of the cast.
EW is reporting that – as we suspected – Gifted is not the final title of Fox’s latest X-Men TV project, but the working title to be used while it’s in production. Additionally according to their sources, Morgan has not been cast in the pilot, but was filling in for the read-through. However, it’s unclear which role he was reading and who that part officially belongs to (his name appears on the card in front of him in the photo, but it’s difficult to discern what the character name below it is).
In addition to Donner’s read-through image, co-star Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham) posted photos of herself, fellow cast members, show creator/writer Matt Nix (Burn Notice), and pilot director Singer. Take a look:
Of course, not much can be gleaned from these latest photos, though they do offer fans a chance to see the cast altogether – and excited to get started on the X-Men inspired series. Lind stars as Lauren Stewart, the mutant daughter of two human parents – Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Kate (Amy Acker) – who, along with her family, goes into hiding from the government. Blair Redford portrays Thunderbird, the leader of a group of mutants the Stewarts run across in their travels, while the series also features Jamie Chung as Blink, Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane/Polaris, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, and Percy Hynes White in an unknown role.
Since all of these members of the cast appeared in the photo posted by Donner, as well as Lind’s images on social media, it remains to be seen which role Morgan filled in for at the script reading – and who has (or will be) cast in the part. Certainly, this report seemingly puts to bed all the speculation circulating about whether The Originals will end since Morgan isn’t involved in the X-Men series – but it should be noted The CW hasn’t made an official annoucement about the show just yet. So, as the X-Men pilot gears up to begin production, more about the latest mutant-based TV project may be revealed in the coming weeks.
We’ll keep you updated on the X-Men TV series/Gifted as more information becomes available.