We’ve seen quite a bit of footage from the pilot episode of Fox’s upcoming X-Men spin-off The Gifted, which is set to follow the Struckers as they begin to exhibit mutant powers and head on the run from the government hunting them down. The series will also introduce the underground connection of mutants who help the Struckers as they attempt to escape the Sentinel Services that are tasked with hunting them down.
The latest casting announcement from The Gifted not only flushes out more of the Sentinel Services characters but also pulls a very interesting character from the comics into The Gifted. Garret Dillahunt has joined the cast as a mutant researcher named Roderick Campbell. Fans of the X-Men will recognize that name as the scientist who eventually becomes the mutant-hunting Ahab in the future known as “Days of Future Past.” It will be interesting to see how Campbell will be used in the series and if we’ll see any hints of the future menace.
We’ve already been introduced to the Struckers, the Underground of mutants – which includes comic names like Blink, Polaris, Thunderbird, and newcomer Eclipse – as well as a few key members of the Sentinel Services, but we’ve been left to see how the rest of the season will further mine the source material to fill out their unique story. While The Gifted definitely takes themes from the previous cinematic trilogies, the new series is rumored to exist in its own universe, much like FX’s adaptation of Legion starring Dan Stevens.
Dillahunt is no stranger to the geek world, having previously starred in the fan favorite Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, along with roles in hits like HBO’s Deadwood, FOX’s Raising Hope, and even on the big screen with Rian Johnson’s Looper. We’re definitely excited to hear of Dillahunt’s addition to the cast, which also includes Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Sean Teale, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Jamie Chung and Blair Redford.
The Gifted premieres on FOX on October 2.
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