With Mitch Pileggi confirmed to return last month as FBI assistant director Walter Skinner, alongside David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), two more familiar faces are coming back for X-Files Season 11, along with one new face as well. A new report today revealed that Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose will both be back as young FBI agents Miller and Einstein, respectively, while Barbara Hershey has come aboard for a recurring role. It isn't clear yet when production may begin on this 10-episode event series, which will debut at some point in mid-season.
Deadline broke the news on Barbara Hershey's casting, revealing that she will play the recurring character of Erika Price, who is only described as a "powerful figure who represents a mysterious organization". It isn't clear how many episodes she will appear in during X-Files Season 11, which has been confirmed to be 10 episodes long, four more than the six-episode revival season that debuted last year. With these new and returning characters coming aboard, we may hear more casting news soon, since production may very well be starting soon.
Last year, the X-Files broke worldwide ratings records, with a whopping 50 million viewers tuning in to the season premiere, which debuted in January in the U.S. and over 80 other countries around the world. There had been talk for months of the show returning for another new season on Fox, which was finally confirmed in April, with the new season debuting sometime in 2018 during midseeason. It isn't clear if there are plans in place to bring back other guest stars from last season, including Joel McHale as Tad O'Malley, Annabeth Gish as Monica Reyes, Annet Mahendru as Sveta, Rhys Darby as Guy Mann, Kumail Nanjiani as Pasha and William B. Davis as the iconic Cigarette Smoking Man.
As for Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose, they each appeared in just a handful of episodes last season, with both characters quite similar to Mulder and Scully themselves. While Robbie Amell's Agent Miller is more open to unexplained phenomena, Einstein is more interested in finding hard scientific data to solve her cases. There had even been rumors that the network was considering a spin-off series that follows the Miller and Einstein characters, but that was never confirmed or denied by the network and series creator Chris Carter.
Last month, Audible Studios released a new audio book entitled X-Files: Cold Cases, which features stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pillegi, and William B. Davis voicing their iconic characters, along with the actors who portrayed "The Lone Gunmen," Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike), Dean Haglund (Richard "Ringo" Langley) and Bruce Harwood (John Fitzgerald Byers). It hasn't been confirmed if The Lone Gunmen will return to The X-Files or not, but with the cast coming together, we may very well find out sooner than later. Barbara Hershey most recently starred on the A&E TV series Damien and she has also been recurring on the ABC hit series Once Upon a Time.