While we've sporadically received casting announcements for Fox's upcoming X-Men TV show, we're finally seeing everyone gathered at the table read this morning, thanks to producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who has been with the franchise since its start in 2000. This drama series will directly tie into the X-Men movie universe. And it will be titled Gifted. Says Donner on Twitter.
"Cast reading of "Gifted" #Gifted"
Best known for his work on Burn Notice, Matt Nix is the showrunner on Gifted. And Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, and the previous two as well, will helm the pilot. The pair have been busy filling out the cast these past few weeks, and now it looks like production is about to begin.
The Originals star Joseph Morgan is seen in the image below, though his casting hasn't been announced prior to this tweet. The story follows two human parents named Reed and Kate Stewart, who will be played by True Blood's Stephen Moyer and Angel's Amy Acker. They are trying to protect their mutant children from the government and are on the run. Gotham star Natalie Alyn Lind is playing Lauren Stewart, their daughter. Switched At Birth's Blair Redford stars as Sam, the leader of the mutant underground. Once Upon A Time's Jamie Chung plays Blink, who has previously been seen in the X-Men movies, if only briefly. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Bunheads' Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane/Polaris; Incorporated's Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, an original mutant; and Burn Notice's Coby Bell as Jace Turner. You can see them all in the image below.
As of know, the character details for Jospeh Morgan's role have not been revealed. And his part in the pilot hasn't been announced. It also hasn't been revealed if he is a human or a mutant. The pilot is set for a Mid-March shoot date, and could kick off as early as this coming week. Fox ordered the show to series, which means it will likely get some airtime. Right now, it's suspected that Gifted will arrive in the fall. But it could be saved for the 2018 midseason.
Gifted will fit nicely into the X-Men cinematic universe, though it hasn't been revealed where exactly it falls in that timeline. There could be cameos from the movies, with both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy expressing interest in showing up as Charles Xavier at some point. With time travel elements always in play when it comes to the X-men universe, its possible for both to play a role in the storyline that is being set up.