Yesterday, Fox issued a series order for their new X-Men TV series entitled The Gifted, while unveiling the first brief teaser, with the full trailer arriving May 15. To celebrate the series order, executive producer Bryan Singer, who also directed the pilot episode, sent out a new photo from the set, offering our first look at Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane, a.k.a. Polaris. With the first full trailer just days away, it's possible we could get a few more sneak peeks from the director between now and then.
The image comes from Bryan Singer's Instagram, although the director didn't offer any further details about what was being shown in this photo. But Polaris doesn't look to be in great shape, surrounded by a few men in suits, while standing behind a clear plastic sheet, perhaps in a quarantine of some sort. There is no metal seen around this character, for good reason, because, like her father Magneto before her, Polaris has the ability to create and manipulate electro-magnetic fields. Since this show will feature the early days of mutants, this character's looks will likely evolve throughout the series, including the character's trademark green hair. Production on this X-Men pilot took place last month in Dallas, so hopefully we'll get more sneak peeks between now and the full trailer's debut on Monday.
The Gifted focuses on a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Bryan Singer also revealed last month that Marvel legend Stan Lee will have a cameo appearance in the pilot episode, but nothing about his role has been revealed quite yet. It remains to be seen when production on the full season will begin.
The cast also includes Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Eclipse / Marcos Diaz, Jamie Chung as Blink / Clarice Fong, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Polaris / Lorna Dane, Blair Redford as Thunderbird / John Proudstar, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker and Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker. Matt Nix wrote the pilot script and serves as an executive producer alongside director Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
Fox handed out a pilot order for The Gifted back in January, after issuing a put pilot commitment for the show last July. A put pilot commitment means that the network would have to pay the producers at 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel a penalty if the pilot episode doesn't air on TV. In almost all cases, a put pilot order all but guarantees a series order, which was handed out for this show yesterday. As of now, Fox hasn't confirmed whether or not The Gifted will debut this fall, or if it will be held for a mid-season series, but those details will likely surface during Fox's upfront presentation on Monday, May 15, when the first full trailer will be released.