‘The X-Files’: Mitch Pileggi confirms return as FBI boss Walter Skinner

He joins David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the six-episode event series

Mitch Pileggi has confirmed that he will be reprising his role as FBI boss Walter Skinner in The X-Files‘ eagerly-anticipated revival series.

The popular actor, who has since appeared in Supernatural, Sons Of Anarchy and Dallas, shared the news on Twitter last night (April 20).

US network Fox announced on March 24 that it is bringing back The X-Files for a six-episode “event series”. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their iconic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, with Chris Carter returning as executive producer. Shooting is due to start this summer (2015) but further details about the event series have yet to be announced.

During a recent TV interview, Duchovny said that he and Anderson would be joined in the event series by Pileggi and William B. Davis, who portrayed the enigmatic villain known as “the Smoking Man”, but this is the first time Pileggi has discussed his return. Davis has yet to confirm his involvement in the revival.

Chris Carter spoke about the event series shortly after it was announced, promising fans that it will be “honest” to the show’s characters. Carter also revealed at the time that the event series has “no scripts yet” but insisted: “I know what I want to do, how I want it to lay out – the balance of mythology to stand-alone episodes.”

“The people that are going to be involved have been talking since the beginning of the year, so we have a clear idea of how this should be, or the best way we think this should be laid out,” Carter added.

The cult sci-fi show originally aired on Fox for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002 and also spawned a pair of spin-off films, released in 1998 and 2008. Fox first revealed in January that it was having “conversations” about reviving the much-loved series.