David Duchovny reveals why 'The Craft: Legacy' pulled him back to movie acting (exclusive)

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David Duchovny hasn’t appeared in a movie for four years, but witchy horror reboot The Craft: Legacy inspired him to get back in front of the camera.

Duchovny took a break from acting several years ago after finishing the rebooted run of The X-Files, with his last movie credit way back in 2013 with drama Louder than Words.

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The 60-year-old star said the clever work of writer-director Zoe Lister-Jones on The Craft: Legacy convinced him to take on another big screen part.

“I just thought it was a really smart script,” Duchovny told Yahoo Movies UK.

David Duchovny attends AlienCon on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
David Duchovny attends AlienCon on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

He added: “I thought it was doing stuff that was multi-level. It was functioning as a scary movie and also as an allegory.

“It was a social commentary like something like Get Out, something that Blumhouse is very good at doing.

“I thought I wanted to be a part of that. I thought I would like to play in that area.”

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Duchovny plays self-help writer and speaker Adam, who has started a relationship with Michelle Monaghan’s Helen and moved her into his house.

Helen’s daughter Lily — played by Cailee Spaeny — bonds with three fellow students at her new school, becoming the fourth member of their coven of witches.

'The Craft: Legacy'. (Credit: Sony)
'The Craft: Legacy'. (Credit: Sony)

The movie is a reboot of the 1996 horror The Craft, which became a cult hit thanks to its impish portrayal of 1990s teen culture.

The new cast includes Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna and Gideon Adlon as members of the witch coven alongside Spaeny.

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Critics have been split on the movie, with many praising its diversity and approach to modern issues while others called it less exciting and edgy than its predecessor.

The Craft: Legacy is available only in cinemas now.

Watch: Trailer for The Craft: Legacy