Another Marvel hero is making its way to the small screen! FX Networks has ordered eight episodes of the first season of the X-Men-themed pilot Legion series. We’ve gathered what we know so far about the exciting new show.
What Legion is about
According to Deadline, the Legion series centers on the story of a troubled young man who turns out to be more than just an average human being. At the heart of the story is David Haller, who has suffered from mental illness ever since he was a teenager. He is diagnosed with schizophrenia and has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals. After meeting a fellow patient, Haller soon discovers that the vision he sees and the voices he hears are not just mere hallucinations, but are actually very real.
Who is Legion in the X-Men comic books?
In the Legion comics, David Haller is the son of Professor Charles Xavier.
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He is known as one of the most powerful mutants. But due to the nature of his powers, he’s also one of the most unstable and the most dangerous mutants.
Downton Abbey star takes the main lead
Playing David Haller is British actor Dan Stevens. Viewers may know him as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey and Beast in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
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Also joining the Legion cast are Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Bill Irwin, Katie Aselton, and Amber Midthunder.
The project is helmed by Fargo and X-Men creators
The creative teams from Fargo and X-Men will join forces for Legion. Fargo’s Noah Hawley and John Cameron are on board as executive producers together with X-Men: Days of Future Past producers Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg. SpoilerTV reported that the geniuses behind Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jim Chory and Jeph Loeb, will also executive produce.
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement,” said Nick Grad, FX Networks’ co-president of Original Program. “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 Legion series is Marvel Television’s first partnership with FX.
Will there be cameo appearances from other mutants?
So far, there’s been no word as to which mutants will appear on FX’s Legion series. However, it is worthy to note that this character is most closely associated in the comics with Marvel’s New Mutants, a team of young heroes-in-training. New Mutants has been picked up for a movie adaptation and is currently in pre-production.
Xmen: Legion series is Official and will be co-produced by Marvel and FOX!! Anything can happen from here!! https://t.co/Hdg2eWjMLX
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David Haller also has a close relationship with Moira MacTaggert, played by Rose Byrne in the X-Men movie franchise. The Legion release date has yet been announced.