The Gifted: Garret Dillahunt Cast as Ahab

The cast of Fox's upcoming X-Men-centric primetime series The Gifted has added a fresh new face: Garret Dillahunt (12 Years a SlaveNo Country for Old MenDeadwood) will portray Roderick Campbell, the Marvel villain known in the comics as Ahab.

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According to Deadline, Roderick Campbell is a mutant researcher under contract with Sentinel Services. His character is described as "Professorial, intense and intimidating," with "a morally dubious mission yet to be revealed."

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Garret Dillahunt in Justified.

Created by Walt Simonson and Jackson Guice, Campbell made his first appearance in the pages of Fantastic Four Annual #23 in July of 1990. While working as a psychologist who joined Moira MacTaggert's genetic research team at the Muir Island Mutant Research Center, Campbell discovered that in the alternate future of Earth-811 (Days of Future Past), he became the evil mutant-hunter known as Ahab, creating an army of mutant trackers called Hounds.

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The Gifted is the second television series to spin out of Fox’s X-Men franchise, following the success of Legion on FX. However, while The Gifted shares certain characters, elements and themes with the X-Men films -- from Blink to Sentinels and anti-mutant sentiments -- the show will exist in a separate universe.

Premiering Monday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the joint production of Fox and Marvel Television stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont cast as Lorna Dane/Polaris, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong and Blair Redford as John Proudstar/Thunderbird, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker and Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker.

(via Heroic Hollywood)

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