The X-Files Has Just Added Two More Big Names

The X-Files is already moving forward with a good chunk of the show’s original team involved, but new blood is also necessary when picking up an old show and reworking it for the modern day. Earlier this week, we learned Silicon Valley actor Kumail Nanjiani had joined The X-Files and today news broke that a Torchwood actress and a Flash actor have signed on for the short event series. Those actors are Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell, respectively.

Ambrose and Amell are only expected to appear on one episode of Fox's upcoming science fiction drama, which totally makes sense, considering the show will need a lot of one-off actors for the different cases each week (not to mention there will only be six episodes produced of the event series). Variety reports that the two characters will be playing new agents Einstein and Miller. We’ll let you know if more specific details break related to the new characters.

In the meantime, the list of other actors set to appear is growing. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are obviously going to be back as Scully and Mulder. We also know that William B. Davis is coming back as the Cigarette Smoking Man and Mitch Pileggi will return as Walter Skinner. New actors include Amell, Ambrose, Nanjianihad, Joel McHale, Annet Mahendru and Rhys Darby, which is a pretty impressive batch of seasoned character actors.

Recently, The X-Files even released the first footage for the limited series, which should really get fans excited about the prospect of new episodes.

Unfortunately, we do still have some time before we will get to see Amell and Ambrose join the X-Files cast. We don’t know which episode the new agents will appear in, but regardless, The X-Files doesn’t hit the schedule until January 24, 2016, which means it won't be among the other fall TV premieres. If you’d like to see what the networks have coming up sooner, you can check out our summer and fall TV schedules. Or you can simply twiddle your thumbs with excited anticipation about how incredible the new X-Files episodes might be. The show may have come before the (new) Golden Age of television, but the content still holds up really well and the writing is top notch. With such incredible talent in place and plenty of money to spend, the result could be something really special for fans.

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