“The X-Files” Emmy winner Gillian Anderson is ready to return to TV in her first US series regular role since that sci-fi classic went off the air. Anderson has booked a gig in an untitled conspiracy thriller pilot at NBC from “Life” creator Rand Ravich.
The pilot focuses on an international crisis that begins when the President’s son is kidnapped along with several of his classmates. Anderson will play the aunt of one of the kidnapped children. Former “666 Park Avenue” star Rachael Taylor will play Anderson’s sister, the biological mother of the kidnapped child and an agent in the Secret Service.
Anderson has not been a stranger to TV since “The X-Files” came to an end in 2002. She’s starred in numerous British mini-series including “Bleak House,” “Great Expectations” and “Any Human Heart.” She also has a recurring role on NBC’s soon-to-premiere “Hannibal” and headlines the upcoming five-episode U.K. crime drama “The Fall” with a cast that also includes “Once Upon a Time’s” Jamie Dornan and “The Good Wife’s” Archie Panjabi.
In addition to starring in this season’s failed “666 Park Avenue,” Taylor also played one of the title roles in the quickly canceled reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” in 2011. She had previously recurred on “Grey’s Anatomy.”