Recently, there has been a lot of movement on the FOX Studio lot as they prepare to transition their X-Men film universe to the world of television. They had a critical hit with their first foray with the quirky and mind-bending series, Legion, this past season. Last week it was uncovered that actor/rapper Donald Glover would be producing a Deadpool animated show for FXX to debut next year. While the X-Men will also be making their small screen debut this Fall, with X-Men director Bryan Singer producing and directing the pilot of the upcoming series, The Gifted.
The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Person of Interest), Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham), Jamie Chung (Gotham) and is written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice). The show centers of family who goes on the run when it becomes clear that their child has the mutant gene. The show features several characters from X-Men lore including Polaris, Blink, and Thunderbird, and is connected (however loosely) to the feature film franchise, as is evidenced by the mentions of the X-Men and Brotherhood (Magneto’s faction).
The full length trailer gives us our best look at the tone of the series. Which looks to draw heavily on the adolescence experience, with themes of bullying and coming of age that’s inherent in both teen drama and the X-Men series as a whole.
We also get a glimpse of what appears to be Sentinels, robots designed to capture or kill those carrying the mutant gene, in the sizzle reel. It looks as if the show has the potential to expand far beyond the scope of this first episode and should be a draw for fans of the film series. There is certainly much more to come on The Gifted, but for now, enjoy the trailer!
“The drama tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Caitlin (Amy Acker) Strucker are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell).
“Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – Eclipse/Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale), Blink/Clarice Fong (Jamie Chung), Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) and Thunderbird/John Proudstar (Blair Redford) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants.”
The Gifted premieres this Fall on Fox.