Below is a photo tweeted by Lauren Shuler Donner (@ShuDonner) on Twitter showing the cast at a table read for the new X-Men TV series which Stephen Moyer has just joined. Are you getting excited?
Could the new title of the series be “Gifted?” While this has caused some speculation as to the series’ title and cast, here’s what EW has learned.
Lauren Shuler Donner, a longtime producer of the X-Men movie franchise, tweeted on Friday a photo of a table read for the pilot of Fox’s untitled Marvel series. “Cast reading for ‘Gifted,’” she wrote at the time, while the image revealed The Originals star Joseph Morgan sitting among previously announced actors Stephen Moyer, Jamie Chung, and Amy Acker. As for the title, EW has confirmed it’s not the official name for the series as of yet, but it is the current working title.
Professor Charles Xavier, played on the big screen by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy, often referred to his students as “gifted” — it’s in the name of his Institute for Gifted Youngsters. But it also happens to be the title of the first volume to Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men comic series, which tells of a “mutant cure.”
Below is the photo in full size pointing out Stephen sitting at the table.
According to multiple sources, Morgan has not been cast in the series, which also will feature Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Blair Redford, Sean Teale, and Natalie Alyn Lind. It turns out Morgan was merely filling in for the read-through.
The pilot centers on Kate (Acker) and Reed Stewart (Moyer), two ordinary parents who discover their children have abilities. Forced to go on the run from the government, they team up with an underground network of mutants, led by Sam (Redford). Chung will portray the teleporting mutant Blink, while Dumont plays Polaris, the mistress of magnetism and the daughter of Magneto.
Natalie Alyn Lind just added a photo of the cast and crew (including Stephen Moyer) on her Instagram.
And here’s the photo from her Instagram post.