Given the title The Gifted, Fox has announced the green light for a new series firmly set in the X-Men Universe. Created by Matt Nix, and produced by, among others, Bryan Singer, who also serves as director of the premiere episode, the show is focused on a family on the run when parents discover that their children are mutants. Trying to escape the government, they join up with an underground community of mutants.
Nix (the creator of Burn Notice), recently commented that this show makes its entry into the world of mutants differently than the normal way it's handled on film and in the comics. "[They] have generally started with the X-Men and encountered the world outside from the perspectives of the X-Men. This show flips that on its head, in the sense that it doesn't exclusively take place inside the world of people who are already X-Men and know that world."
The Gifted is the second live action series to be set in the world of the X-Men, the other being FX’s Legion. Singer, in an interview with Mashable, noted that visually the series is very different from Legion as well as the films focused on Marvel Comics’ mutants. “It’s mostly about a family. It’s a family drama. There’ll be effects, powers, and things like that. But at its heart, it’s about a family. It’s an emotional story. […] It’s another standalone. That’s our design. We developed it together—not together, but like at the same time. The only reason I was able to direct it was because the movie I want to make next, I’m not going to be able to make until September, so it gave me four months, and I suddenly said, “Why don’t I take the helm?”
What follows is a breakdown of the actors who have been cast, and the roles they're playing.
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Best known for her roles on Angel, Alias and Person Of Interest. As to Kate Stewart, having her hands full coping with the separation from her husband, Reed, she now has to figure out how to deal with children who are revealed to be mutants. While doing so, she discovers an inner strength that she never knew that she had.
When asked about the number of shows she’s appeared in, in this genre, Acker said, “"I had always been super shy, but I found out that if I said words that other people wrote, and got to be characters other than myself, that it was sort of this amazing thing that I couldn’t imagine doing anything else after it started," she says. "I think that’s part of the reason I’m drawn to this genre. Those roles really allow you to transform, sometimes from a human to an alien, but it also gives you a journey as a character that a lot of other shows don’t always have."
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