David Duchovny reveals big casting news for Fox's reboot of The X-Files

By Lynette Rice
March 31, 2015 10:20 PM

Mulder has some great news to share!

David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Scully on Fox’s long-running drama The X-Files, shared some juicy casting news with David Letterman on Tuesday about Fox’s planned revival of the sci-fi franchise.

Duchovny, who together with Gillian Anderson, will reprise their cult-favorite characters, told The Late Show host that the Cigarette Smoking Man, a.k.a. Cancer Man, or simply CSM, will stage a comeback in the six-episode event series.


Smoking Man, who was played by Canadian actor William B. Davis, was Mulder’s arch-nemesis. He earned the unforgettable moniker because he was almost always seen chain-smoking cigarettes – and he has multiple aliases.

Duchovny also told Letterman that actor Mitch Pileggi is expected to return to the event series that will begin production this summer. Pileggi played Assistant Director Walter Skinner in the original series that begin in 1993 and ran for nine seasons.

Duchovny and Anderson, as agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, played investigators who solve cases involving paranormal. phenomena.

The Late Show with David Letterman airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.