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The fine folks at IGN and X-Files.com have successfully debuted the first trailer for the highly anticipated next chapter for cult icons Mulder and Scully, titled The X-Files: I Want to Believe. You may want to start by watching it, as I have included it above.

All I can say is WHOA! Having not ever really been a fan of The X-Files, I can’t say that I was terribly excited about this film until recently. Then having heard the stories of WonderCon panel madness from our own Rob Hunter, I began to tune in to some of the hype surrounding the return of one of Sci-fi’s most beloved modern franchises. And now, without a doubt, I am excited for this film. The trailer is incredibly intense, as you have probably just seen, and the film looks to take us to a completely new level of wild.

What I really love about the concept for this film is that creator Chris Carter has described it as a film that can stand alone. You won’t have to be up on all the X-Files lore, which I am not, to understand and enjoy the film. For someone who is only now coming around — and after this trailer, how can you not be coming around to this film — that is a very good thing.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is directed by series creator Chris Carter, who also co-wrote it with series vet Frank Spotnitz. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return to their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Schully, with Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet and Xzibit among the supporting cast. The film will hit theaters on July 25th, 2008.

You can view the trailer in High Definition over at X-Files.com. As well, I have included the first teaser poster, which was released not too long ago, for your viewing pleasure below:

The X-Files: I Want to Believe Movie Poster

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