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The new series of The X-Files has begun filming in Vancouver, with first-look pictures of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as their cult characters Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

The six-part series begins with the duo investigating the curious case of a possible repeat alien abductee, Sveta (played by The Americans Annet Mahendru), at the behest of a curious ally – a talk show host (Community’s Joel McHale).


The EW images also shows creator Chris Carter working behind the scenes, and a glimpse at the first episode script.

The new series will also see the return of Mitch Pileggi as FBI boss Skinner and William B. Davis as The Cigarette Smoking Man.


Mulder looking a bit worse for wear against Scully’s very put-together demeanor.

Duchovny reveals “Mulder’s not in a great place,” at the beginning of the new series, adding: “He’s wearing bad jeans, so you can just extrapolate from my wardrobe. He’s in a dark, dark place.”

Anderson however, is happy where her character is at upon the series return: “I like where we find Mulder and Scully in their relationship,” says Anderson, adding “I also like the area of zeitgeist that we step in to. It’s on point and raises some very interesting issues. And question marks.”


Chris Carter has returned to oversee his creation.


Episode 1 script titled: “My struggle”


Mulder & Scully get an unexpected ally in Joel McHale.


Annet Mahendru plays Sveta, a repeat alien abductee

Pictures © Eric Ray Davidson for EW

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