Fox releases extended trailer for ‘The X-Files’ revival series – watch

It's the longest teaser yet for the six-episode "event series" premiering in January 2016

Following yesterday’s two-part teaser, Fox has now released an extended trailer for next year’s The X-Files event series.

David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully take centre stage in the two-minute trailer, joined by fellow original stars Mitch Pileggi, who is reprising his role as FBI boss Walter Skinner, and William B Davis, who is returning as Mulder and Scully’s nemesis ‘The Smoking Man’.

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 four episodes will air on Fox on subsequent Monday nights. At present the series, which is being steered by the show’s creator Chris Carter, has yet to be picked up by a UK broadcaster.

Fan favourites The Lone Gunmen are also confirmed to be returning for the new run of episodes. Meanwhile, Community‘s Joel McHale has been cast as a conservative web TV news anchor and Flight Of The Conchords‘ Rhys Darby will play a man suspected by Mulder to be the perpetrator of a series of animal attacks. Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose and The Flash actor Robbie Amell will also make guest appearances.

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 of this year that it was having “conversations” about reviving the much-loved series.