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Stephen Moyer goes on the run in a new Amer­i­can su­per­hero drama based on the X-men films

REED STRUCKER is a man with a prob­lem. As new sci-fi thriller

The Gifted be­gins on FOX this week, the fa­ther of two is work­ing as a lawyer who pros­e­cutes mu­tant crimes on be­half of the US govern­ment. Ded­i­cated to his job, Reed be­lieves he’s do­ing his duty by lock­ing up sup­pos­edly dan­ger­ous peo­ple who vi­o­late the law.

But he gets a rude awak­en­ing when his bul­lied son Andy

(Percy Hynes White) and daugh­ter Lau­ren (Natalie Alyn Lind) re­veal they pos­sess their own mu­tant pow­ers – putting them in se­ri­ous jeop­ardy. To escape the govern­ment crack­down, Reed and wife Caitlin (Amy Acker) pack their bags, grab the kids and flee.

‘Reed starts off be­liev­ing he’s do­ing the right thing,’ says Stephen Moyer, who plays him. ‘He’s re­mov­ing mutants for the good of so­ci­ety and also for the good of the mutants them­selves, who are un­able to con­trol their pow­ers.

PA­TER­NAL IN­STINCTS

‘It’s not un­til his chil­dren re­veal their own pow­ers that he sees how dif­fi­cult it is for them to ex­ist in so­ci­ety with­out be­ing os­tracised or abused in some way, and he starts ques­tion­ing his whole ex­is­tence.

‘He’s been do­ing his job for 25 years. But now every­thing he be­lieves in is col­laps­ing be­fore him. He knows that any­one who goes into those Mu­tant De­ten­tion Cen­tres does not come out – so his fa­ther­hood gene kicks in, and he takes his fam­ily on the run.’

Pur­sued by govern­ment agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell) and his Sen­tinel Ser­vices team, Reed and his fam­ily are forced to go un­der­ground and turn to a net­work of mutants for help.

Al­though the mutants – in­clud­ing Po­laris, Thun­der­bird, Blink and Eclipse – are nat­u­rally sus­pi­cious of the Struckers, they offer refuge in re­turn for Reed shar­ing some insider in­tel­li­gence on the govern­ment’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘Reed can help the mutants be­cause he knows the machi­na­tions of the ju­di­cial sys­tem of the govern­ment,’ says Moyer. ‘He has in­side knowl­edge of how that works. So he’s a valu­able re­source for the mu­tant un­der­ground net­work.’

Like re­cent FOX drama Legion,

The Gifted is a TV spin-off from Mar­vel’s X-men uni­verse which has proved so pop­u­lar on the big screen, and the char­ac­ters of Blink, Po­laris and Thun­der­bird have ap­peared in other X-men sto­ries (Eclipse is a newly cre­ated char­ac­ter).

Mean­while,

Bryan Singer, who has di­rected four

X-men films, di­rects

The Gifted’s

open­ing episode.

How­ever, creator Matt Nix says the show ex­ists in a dif­fer­ent time stream from the movies, and fans shouldn’t ex­pect cameos from Wolver­ine or Mag­neto.

‘You don’t need to know the

X-men to watch The Gifted,’ says Nix. ‘Some of the con­nec­tions you see in the show are not nec­es­sar­ily con­nec­tions to the movies – al­though there are con­nec­tions to the larger mythol­ogy in the Mar­vel or X-men uni­verse.’

POWER OF THE X-GENE

To help pre­pare for the role, Moyer turned to his wife, and for­mer

True Blood co-star, Anna Paquin, who has ap­peared in four X-men movies as the mu­tant Rogue.

‘Anna knows the X-men world back­wards,’ says Moyer. ‘She’s a big be­liever in do­ing a bunch of re­search, so she showed me a few places she had found some in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing all the Mar­vel comic books!’

Al­though Moyer’s char­ac­ter Reed doesn’t have any mu­tant pow­ers of his own, pre­vi­ous

X-men sto­ries have shown that char­ac­ters re­lated to mutants have the ge­netic potential for sim­i­lar abil­i­ties. So would he like to see Reed sud­denly dis­cover new pow­ers?

‘Whether Reed will de­velop any pow­ers, I don’t know, but the X-gene can man­i­fest it­self in many, many ways,’ says Moyer. ‘So if I get the chance to wear span­dex and run around with a stripe in my hair, for in­stance, I would be quite happy with that.’

‘It’s not un­til his chil­dren re­veal their pow­ers that he starts ques­tion­ing his whole ex­is­tence’

STEPHEN MOYER

STEPHEN MOYER AND AMY ACKER AS THE STRUCKERS WITH CHIL­DREN ANDY AND LAU­REN, PLAYED BY PERCY HYNES WHITE AND NATALIE ALYN LIND

Po­laris

Emma Du­mont

A brave and loyal mu­tant whose abil­i­ties in­clude con­trol­ling mag­netism, she ups her game af­ter mak­ing a shock dis­cov­ery. Thun­der­bird Blair Red­ford

is leader The tough mu­tant

of the un­der­ground com­mu­nity. His strength

have and track­ing abil­i­ties

so far gone un­de­tected.

HUGH JACK­MAN AND ANNA PAQUIN IN X-MEN 2

Blink Jamie Chung Pur­sued by the Sen­tinel

mu­tant Ser­vices, the cyn­i­cal

for a has been on the run

abil­ity to while, with only her

safe. tele­port keep­ing her Eclipse

Sean Teale

can The re­bel­lious mu­tant ab­sorb and ma­nip­u­late

from pho­tons. He moved

in the Colom­bia to the US

safer. be­lief he would be

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