Legion TV series casts lead actor and supporting cast

Downton Abbey and Parks & Rec stars confirmed for FX’s Legion series

There’s clearly a lot of hype flying around about FX’s new superhero TV series Legion (what with producer Simon Kinberg talking of the intent to do a “Breaking Bad of superhero stories”), telling the story of schizophrenic young mutant David Haller. And with these recent casting announcements, brought to you courtesy of Collider, we can see why: none other than Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest) has been cast in the title role, with support being provided by Aubrey Plaza (Parks And Recreation, Life After Beth), Rachel Keller (Fargo, Supernatural) and Jean Smart (Fargo, 24).

Overall, we’re pretty happy with these choices . Stevens and Plaza are both major coups, and their casting shows a pretty high level of ambition on the part of creator Noah Hawley. Moreover, Keller and Smart were both excellent on the recent series of Fargo, so it’ll be good to see them reunited with Hawley.

Anyhow, here’s a brief description of the characters they’re playing

David (Dan Stevens)Legion Dan Stevens 

Diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age, David is a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but he’s getting tired and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams.

Lenny (Aubrey Plaza)Legion Aubrey Plaza

David’s friend, who despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, knows that any day now her life is gonna turn around, which gives Lenny the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.

Melanie (Jean Smart)Legion Jean Smart

A nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods.

Syd (Rachel Keller)Legion Rachel Keller

Self-sufficient and street smart, Syd uses her sharp and prickly demeanor to protect her soft core, because even though it makes her a sucker and puts her at risk, she still believes in happily ever after.

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