‘Flight Of The Conchords’ actor Rhys Darby joins cast of ‘The X-Files’ event series

Six new episodes of 'The X-Files' will premiere on Fox in early 2016

Flight Of The Conchords actor Rhys Darby is to appear in The X-Files‘ 2016 event series.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reprising their iconic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in the six-part series, joined by fellow original cast members Mitch Pileggi, who plays FBI boss Walter Skinner, and William B. Davis, who portrays their enigmatic nemesis ‘The Smoking Man’. Community‘s Joel McHale has also joined the cast and will appear as a conservative web TV news anchor.

According to TheWrap, Darby has now been added to the cast too and will play a man suspected by Mulder to be the perpetrator of a series of animal attacks. The New Zealand-born actor is best known for playing band manager Murray Hewitt in cult radio and TV series Flight Of The Conchords.

Fox confirmed in March that it is bringing back The X-Files for a six-episode “event series”, with Chris Carter returning as executive producer. Shooting on the event series got underway last month (June) in Vancouver, Canada and the first footage from the new episodes has just been unveiled.

Fox has recently announced that it will air episode one of the event series on Sunday, January 25, followed by episode two on Monday, January 26. The remaining episodes of the event series will air on Fox on subsequent Monday nights. At present, the event series has yet to be picked up by a UK broadcaster.

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.