An new pilot in development over at A&E may just echo the presence of Fox “Spooky” Mulder on the small screen. The pilot is called Occult and NCIS alumnus Sarah Jane Morris will spirit up a performance.
We’ve seen shows promise to offer some of that magic the X-Files delivered in its prime before, but the pilot for Occult has a leg up on such hopefuls. It was written by X-Files scribe James Wong.
That tidbit was the first item to get my attention. Ready for the second? The pilot will star Josh Lucas. Can I get a woot, woot? I’m a Lucas fan. How can you not like those soulful blue eyes. The actor was the best thing about the short lived series modeled after The Firm.
For Occult, Lucas is FBI Agent Dolan who nearly lost his mind when his wife Rebekah disappeared. Sarah Jane Morris has been cast as Rebekah, which would seem to suggest the actress would get very little screen time. But any X-Files fan can tell you how much of a presence Mulder’s vanished sister had on that series. With flashbacks, memories, hallucinations, you never know, we may yet see plenty of the missing woman.
Dolan is back at work when the potential series begins and is partnered with Noa Blair, acted by True Blood‘s Lynn Collins. She’s an agent who specializes in the occult. Anyone reminded of Annabeth Gish’s Agent Reyes?
Together, the two agents will work cases for a newly formed occult crimes task force. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
Agnes Bruckner of Covert Affairs will appear in the pilot as a girl, presumed dead, “who eerily rises from the autopsy table resolved to join a cult” and Daniel Henney of Hawaii Five-0 will act as the Special Agent in Charge. Brennan Brown from Person of Interest will be the Assistant Director of the FBI’s New Orleans field office. What a great city to set the story in!