During tonight's season finale of Wayward Pines, Fox aired a brand new trailer for their highly-anticipated X-Files Revival, offering a new glimpse at Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Along with a number of cryptic shots, including a group of soldiers and some sort of medical experiment, the brief X-Files trailer shows Mulder asking his partner if she's "ready for this," to which she responds, "I don't know there's a choice." The six-episode series is slated to debut on January 24, following the NFC Championship Game on Fox.
Aside from Mulder and Scully, original series stars Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (The Cigarette Smoking Man) are returning, along with a slew of new cast members. Joel McHale guest stars as a news anchor who becomes an ally to Mulder, with Annet Mahendru, Rhys Darby and Kumail Nanjiani also joining the cast. The most recent cast additions are Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose, who play a pair of new FBI partners. We also reported earlier this week that The Lone Gunmen from the original series, played by Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood and Tom Braidwood, will be back at some point.
There have also been rumors that Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish will return as John Doggett and Monica Reyes from the original series, but their involvement has still yet to be confirmed. Production is currently taking place in Vancouver, with series creator Chris Carter returning to write and produce alongside James Wong, Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan. The season premiere episode will follow Mulder and Scully as they investigate a possible alien abductee, played by Annet Mahendru.
The show's producers also shot down an early rumor that the second episode, entitled "Home Again", is a sequel to the fan-favorite episode "Home" from The X-Files Season 4. "Home Again" will center on, "a lunatic love story about deformed, inbred children and the limbless mother they keep under their bed." Chris Carter also confirmed that the series won't be bringing back any of the creatures and monsters from the original series, so we'll have to wait and see what sort of alien life forms they will create for the revival.
The X-Files originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases - "X-Files" - for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena. Check out the latest trailer for Fox's X-Files Revival, and stay tuned for more as we inch closer and closer to the January premiere.