Kumail Nanjiani Joins 'X-Files' as Guest Star

Kumail Nanjiani, an "X-Files" superfan who hosts"The X-Files Files" podcast and starred in "Silicon Valley," will appear in the third episode of the upcoming "X-Files" revival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Nanjiani announced his role on Twitter with a photo (below) of himself with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, writing, "The lighting is weird because there is a UFO right above our heads."

"I got to be in an ep of my favorite show (X Files) written & directed by my favorite writer [Darin Morgan]," he added in a follow-up tweet. "And this script is wonderful."

In the new series, Mulder and Scully (Duchovny and Anderson) will investigate a possible alien abductee (Annet Mahendru of “The Americans”) at the behest of the conservative talk-show host played by Joel McHale. According to an earlier interview with returning writer Darin Morgan, the show will pick up with Mulder and Scully in a far different place than where they left off in the 2008 movie “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”

Premiering Jan. 24, the six-episode Fox revival also stars “X-Files” franchise veteran Mitch Pileggi and newcomer Joel McHale. Series creator Chris Carter is joined behind the scenes by writers/producers Glen Morgan and James Wong.

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