Haley Joel Osment is set to guest star in an episode of The X-Files season 11. (Can we call it season 11? The second revival season? Episodes 209 through 219?)
The episode Osment is appearing in is the previously-announced, Skinner-centric sixth episode. At New York Comic-Con, actor Mitch Pileggi, who has played FBI Assistant Director Walter Skiner since Season 1, promised: "You’re going to find out a lot more about his past. Fans will find out who he is, where he comes from and why he is the way he is.”
Fox has confirmed via TV Line Osment will be appearing in the episode, but would offer no details about his role. Series creator Chris Carter said we would get to see Skinner as a boy, and actress Gillian Anderson, who plays Agent Scully, joked that young Skinner would be bald, too. Do you think Osment is willing to shave his head?
Osment is best known as the boy who sees dead people in The Sixth Sense. He also played David in A.I. Artificial Intelligence. As an adult, he had memorable roles in Kevin Smith's Tusk and the TV series Silicon Valley. He will next be seen in Hulu's Future Man.
The next installment of The X-Files is, unsurprisingly, shrouded in mystery. What we do know is that the insane cliffhanger we were left with at the end of Season 9 (where Mulder is near death and Scully is maybe, maybe-not abducted by aliens) will be solved in the first episode of Season 11. That episode is also said to contain more background on the Cigarette Smoking Man.
Season 11 will be 10 episodes long, with only the first and the last episode being mythology episodes; the rest will be standalones, but there will likely still be bits and pieces of mythology scattered throughout. Carter has said that Season 11 will end on another cliffhanger. Let's just hope it's not as emotionally devastating as the Season 10 cliffhanger, at least.