Out of all the new TV series heading our way, Legion is the one that has the most intrigued. Created by Fargo‘s Noah Hawley and starring the likes of Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza, there’s a lot of potential in the character of David Haller – aka Legion – an extremely powerful mutant with a number of competing split personalities. Or as the official synopsis says:
Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.
It would appear that US network FX agrees, as they have picked it up for an 8-episode first season. Production will begin this summer in Vancouver, and the new series from FX Productions and Marvel Television will debut on FX in early 2017.
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley, and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement,” said Nick Grad, presidents of Original Programming at FX Networks and FX Productions. “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, Jean Smart, Rachel Keller and the rest of the cast. We join our producing partners at Marvel in congratulating the creative team for what they’ve accomplished and are as excited as the fans for the premiere of Legion’s first season.”
“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,” added executive producer Jeph Loeb. “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.”
In addition to Stevens and Plaza, the cast also includes the likes of Rachel Keller (Fargo), Jean Smart (Fargo), Jeremie Harris (A Walk Among The Tombstones), Amber Midthunder (Hell Or High Water), Katie Aselton (The League) and Bill Irwin (Interstellar). Hawley will serve as executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron.