Executive-produced by Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley and Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb, Legion follows comic book character David Haller (Dan Stevens), a haunted man who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. In the Marvel comics, David is the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller. In the eight-episode first season of FX’s adaptation, his struggles for sanity have left him tired, until an encounter with a fellow patient reveals that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might not actually be all in his head.
You cannot stop a network from ordering a comic book series these days! Just days after the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, FX announced Tuesday that it has ordered the X-Men-adjacent drama Legion to series.
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With Legion, FX is making a departure from critical darlings like The Americans and Fargo, and Marvel extends its small-screen media empire to basic cable. The series joins ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which heads into its fourth season this fall, and the darker dramas Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, and the upcoming Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Iron Fist, on Netflix.
Joining Stevens in Legion are Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Fargo‘s Rachel Keller and Jean Smart, The League‘s Katie Aselton, and more. Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil) and John Cameron (Fargo) are also on board to produce.
Season 1 of Legionis slated to premiere on FX in early 2017. Will you watch?