Gillian Anderson teases potential X-Files return ahead of Ryan Coogler reboot

Gillian Anderson pictured above (Getty Images)
Gillian Anderson pictured above (Getty Images)

Gillian Anderson has hinted that she may reprise her character, Agent Scully, in the rebooted version of The X-Files.

The acclaimed sci-fi series, which aired from 1993 to 2002, is being revived by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

Anderson originally portrayed FBI Agent Dana Scully in the series alongside David Duchovny, who played her partner, Special Agent Fox Mulder.

On the X-Files, their on-screen personas delved into unsolved cases, exploring paranormal phenomena.

Duchovny and Anderson, along with the entire series, garnered numerous awards and by the time the show concluded, it had become the longest-running sci-fi series in the US.

Last year, original series creator Chris Clark announced Coogler's revival of the show, and now Anderson has said she wouldn't dismiss the possibility of an appearance if he is involved.

Anderson pictured with her co-star David Duchovny on The X-Files
Anderson pictured with her co-star David Duchovny on The X-Files

When asked about the possibility, she said during an appearance on TODAY: “It's so funny because for most of my life since I finished The X-Files, every interview I do, people have asked, and the answer has always been: ‘Nope, not going to happen’.

“Now, Ryan Coogler, who's the director of Black Panther, brilliant, brilliant director, has approached Chris Carter to say that he wants to do a take on it.

“And I cannot think of a better way around for a reboot to happen. I think he's a bit of a genius.”

The Scoop star then admitted that “there's a chance” she might revisit her character again and delve into the world of paranormal investigations.

She continued: “Whether I'm involved in it is a whole other thing. But in his hands — I'm not saying no — because I think (Coogler) is really cool, and I think if he did it, it would probably be done incredibly well, and maybe I'll pop in for a little somethin’-somethin’.”

Carter has approved Coogler to take over his show, stating in a recent interview that the Creed director has “good ideas” for the series.

He told Inverse: “It's interesting, people say, ‘Aren't you possessive of it?’ And I say, ‘No, I’m looking forward to seeing what somebody else does with it’.”

However, he did show some apprehension about how Coogler might face in adapting the show for the 2020s compared to the 90s, noting that “everything is a conspiracy” now.

Scoop is out on Netflix on Friday.