The presidential portrait is a series staple on The X-Files. And a new behind-the-scenes photo shared by returning star Gillian Anderson reveals that it is back in place. Though, last time the show was on the air in 2002, President George W. Bush was in office. And he was still in office when the last movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, hit theaters in July of 2008. Barack Obama was elected President just a few short months later, but this is the first time his presence will be felt on the show. About the President photobombing her selfie, which also includes co-stars David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi, Gillian Anderson had this to say.
"Best photo bomb in @thexfiles history!"
Gillian Anderson tweeted out the photo, which you can see below, on Wednesday. She is seen in full character as Dana Scully, in what is presumably one of the upcoming episodes from the as yet Untitled X-Files Revival. The show, which hasn't been on the air for 14 years, is coming back in January with 6 all-new episodes, which Fox has labeled an event series. Though, all of the actors are open to returning for even more episodes in the future.
Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully is flanked by David Duchovny's FBI partner Fox Mulder. Also included in the photo is returning actor Mitch Pileggi, who reprises his role as Walter Skinner, the boss of Mulder and Scully. This is one of the first images of the actor taken on set since his return. And of course, hanging on the wall of Skinner's FBI office for the first time in series history, it is Barack Obama, photobombing in the background. He looks quite happy to be part of the fun.
A sitting president portrait isn't just an iconic staple of The X-Files. Most television series that revolve around federal agencies pay homage and tribute to any living president (even when they aren't so beloved, as was often the case with George W. Bush). It isn't yet clear if this particular inclusion will get the Presidential Seal of Approval from Barack Obama. We are still waiting for the President to weight in. We'll definitely update you if he decides to call an urgent press meeting about the whole thing.
It was just recently announced that Annabeth Gish is set to reprise her role as FBI agent Monica Reyes on the X-Files Revival. She joins a growing list of stars from the original series that also includes William B. Davis (The Cigarette Smoking Man), the computer hacker group known as The Lone Gunmen, Dean Haglund (Ringo Langly), Tom Braidwood (Frohike) and Bruce Harwood (Byers), and Sheila Larken as Dana Scully's mother, Margaret Scully. New additions to the cast include Joel McHale as news anchor Tad O'Malley, who becomes an unlikely ally to Mulder, and Annet Mahendru as Sveta, a woman who, according to a report from last week, was abducted by aliens and is the "key to everything". Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose also star as FBI agents Miller and Einstein. Rhys Darby and Kumail Nanjiani have also joined the cast but their roles have yet to be identified. With Reyes coming back, it is heavily speculated that Robert Patrick will also be back as FBI agent John Doggett, though that has yet to be confirmed. Hopefully if he does return, we get to learn that he is the long lost father of Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett, which would provide an excellent crossover with Orange Is the New Black.
The 6-Episode X-Files Event Series begins its 2-night premiere immediately following the NFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, on Fox (airtime to be determined) and will continue with the second episode on Monday, Jan. 25 (8-9 p.m. ET). As more and more pictures come in, are you getting more and more excited for the return of Mulder and Scully? Take a look as Barack Obama photobombs the cast!