Fox Adds Bryan Singer’s ‘The Gifted’ to Fall Lineup
Fox is upping the ante on its comic adaptations by adding yet another superhero series. Following in the footsteps of this season’s Legion, this new series, The Gifted, is another X-Men origin-type story. This time, according to Deadline.com, a family goes on the run when they find out their kids are mutants in order to protect them from the government. While hiding out, they encounter a group of mutants that they fall in with. You can see the teaser here before the full trailer is released May 15th:
Things are still in flux, so character names seem to be hard to nail down. The parents are played by Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and Amy Acker (Person of Interest) as Reed and Caitlin/Kate (depending on what website you look at). Their children are Lauren, played by Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs), and Andy, played by Percy Hynes White (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb).
Newsarama.com confirmed additional cast and characters:
• Polaris/Lorna Dane (played by Emma Dumont) who has the power to control magnetism
• Blink/Clarice Ferguson (played by Jamie Chung) who has the power to teleport herself as well as large groups
• Thunderbird/John Proudstar (possibly played by Blair Redford) who has superhuman strength, speed, and stamina and who has exceptional tracking abilities
• Eclipse/Marco Diaz (played by Sean Teale) a character not found in the comics, so what his powers might be are anyone’s guess
The series was written by Matt Nix, who has a number of series under his belt, including Burn Notice, but this will be his first foray into the superhero genre. However, with X-Men regular Bryan Singer helming at least the first episode, it looks like the series will be in good hands. He recently Instagrammed a photo of the first day of shooting showing Polaris in some sort of industrial Saran Wrap. Collider.com reports that, unlike Legion, The Gifted is meant to be a companion to the films, opening the door for crossovers. If all goes well, this could turn into one of the most highly anticipated new series of the fall.