COMIC CON 2017: Introducing the New FOX Drama The Gifted

The Gifted

On Friday, the second day of Comic Con 2017, the cast and creative minds behind the new FOX fantasy series The Gifted made their debut on the stage of Ballroom 20.

Among the panelists were the following:

Executive producers Matt Nix (the man behind Burn Notice), Lauren Shuler Donner (famed producer of the X-Men movies) and Derek Hoffman

And cast members:

Stephen Moyer (True Blood) as Reed Strucker
Amy Acker (Person of Interest and Angel) as Kate Strucker
Sean Teale (Reign and Incorporated) as Eclipse
Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time and Gotham) as Blink
Coby Bell (Burn Notice) as Jace Turner
Emma Dumont (Bunheads and Aquarius) as Lorna Dane (aka Polaris)
Blair Redford (The Lying Game, Switched at Birth and Satisfaction) as Thunderbird
Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham and The Goldbergs) as Lauren Strucker
Percy Hynes White (Between and Murdock Mysteries) as Andy Strucker

The short description of The Gifted is: Two ordinary parents (Reed and Kate Strucker) take their family [children Lauren and Andy] on the run from the government when they discover that their children have mutant abilities, and join an underground community of mutants who have to fight to survive.

As a treat for the audience, the first two scenes of the pilot episode were screened before the moderated panel got underway. Without given anything away on the plot, I want to believe that fans of the X-Men will be happy with the series and its depiction of the characters. Given that Bryan Singer directed the pilot, the debut had a knowledgeable ‘manager’ in charge of it.

Some of the actors got a chance to talk a little about their characters during the panel:

• Emma shared that she practiced the hand movements that her character Polaris will make (similar to that of Magneto in the movies) and considers those movements “performance art;”

• Jamie joked that she had to pretend what Blink’s portals looked like during the filming, as she was directed by voice commands of the director as to what the portals would look like in the finished product;

• Coby shared that his character’s daughter died in a mutant attack and that experience greatly influenced his character’s focus in dealing with mutants;

• Amy shared that she feels her character Kate and Stephen’s character Reed are “actually the special ones” because they don’t have powers to draw from; in other words, they use their emotions and simply being parents as the driving force behind the actions;

• Percy joked that he simply wanted “to blow stuff up” thanks to his character’s abilities; and,

• Natalie shared that Lauren has to deal not only with mutant powers but wanting to be a ‘normal’ teen girl.

While no spoilers were provided by the executive producers, they were willing to share that a crossover with the FX series Legion will not happen; the mutant underground featured in The Gifted is very much like the Underground Railroad during the Civil War and that The Gifted is closer to the X-Men movies than Legion. It should also be noted that in the world of this series the X-Men “are gone” and the reason why they will be explained throughout the episodes.

Make sure to watch ‘The Gifted’ when it debuts on FOX on Monday, October 2 at 9/8c to judge for yourself.