Deadline reports actor Garret Dillahunt has joined the cast of FOX’s upcoming X-Men series The Gifted in a recurring role.
The actor, familiar from roles in films like Looper and television shows like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Mindy Project, will join forces with the Sentinel Services as researcher Roderick Campbell. He is described as “professorial, intense and intimidating.” He is also said to be on a “morally dubious” mission.
Though something of a deep pull, the character will be familiar to X-Men fans as the mutant hunting Ahab — at least in one timeline — and one of the mutant researchers on Muir Island. He also spent some time as Famine, one of Apocalypse’s horsemen, but was most active as a one-legged scientist hoping to avoid a perceived destiny as Ahab. I suppose the dubious mission of his TV counterpart may play with some of the aspects of the character’s history. There’s certainly some material to work with there and Dillahunt is great at playing morally compromised characters. In fact, knowing he’ll be part of the series makes me far more interested to watch it.
The series follows the Strucker family as they attempt to save their children from a government hostile to Marvel’s Merry Mutants. Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker star as parents choosing to go on the run and find an underground of Mutants and sympathizers. But that underground is not Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Children nor its paramilitary off-shoot, the X-Men. They are, apparently, missing. The series also stars Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford and Elena Satine.
The Gifted comes to FOX on October 2nd.