The X-Men world is coming to FX. The cable network has officially ordered Legion to series. The show, which comes from Fargo creator Noah Hawley (who will also serve as showrunner on Legion), is FX’s first co-production with Marvel Television.
Legion centers on David Haller (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens), a man who may be more than human and who has struggled with mental illness since his teenage years. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement,” FX Networks and FX Productions president Nick Grad said in a statement. “Just as he did in reimagining Fargo, he is bringing an entirely new aesthetic and sensibility to the enormously popular and richly represented X-Men world. The pilot episode is stunning, driven by incredible performances from Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jean Smart (Fargo), Rachel Keller (Fargo) and the rest of the cast.”
In addition to Stevens, Plaza, Smart, and Keller, Legion‘s cast also includes Jeremie Harris (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Amber Midthunder (Hell or High Water), Katie Aselton (The League), and Bill Irwin (Interstellar).
“Marvel Television is thrilled to not only have our first partnership with FX go to series, but working with the enormously talented Noah Hawley makes it even better,” Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb said. “From the first time we heard Noah’s vision to his exceptional script and cast through the extraordinary filming of the pilot, we knew the series would be incredible.”
Production on Legion‘s eight-episode first season begins this summer in Vancouver. It’s slated to premiere on FX sometime in 2017.
Marvel fans, are you excited for the studio’s latest television project, and Fargo fans, will you check out Legion because of Noah Hawley’s involvement with it? Comment below and let us know.
[Photo credit: Chris Large/FX]
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