It’s been a long wait, but Fox is finally bringing The X-Files back to life — and David Duchovny says they’re bringing a few more old friends along for the ride.
Fresh off news of the revival, Duchovny was a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman to chat about the project. Though he obviously couldn’t reveal a ton (since the scripts aren’t even written yet), he did confirm that longtime supporting cast members Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis are slated to return.
Pileggi played FBI assistant director Walter Skinner for virtually all of the show’s original run, and Davis was the mysterious and villainous Cigarette Smoking Man, who was tied into many of the show’s biggest mysteries. Considering the two have played an integral role in the show’s mythology, it’s not a surprise to hear they’ll be back — but we’re psyched, regardless.
The confirmation fits with a recent comment series creator Chris Carter gave to X-Files News, where he noted he was open to bringing back supporting cast members so long as they fit the narrative of the six-episode mini-season. Oh, and of course if they are actually available and not already working a different gig:
“I have ideas for everyone. Their availability is subject to their regular paying jobs. Of course, I’d like to bring everyone possible back, but it’s who’s going to fit into the story and who’s available.”
Check out Duchovny’s interview with Letterman below and let us know what you think about the project. What do you want to see from the show’s long-awaited return? Are you glad the rest of the cast is (hopefully) falling into place?