Another Marvel television series is set to kick off, and no, it’s on neither Netflix or ABC.
Instead, Legion is coming to FX. And it will premiere Feb. 8, according to TVLine.
The series stars Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame as David Haller, a mutant who – at least according to the comic books, is the son of The X-Men’s Professor Charles Xavier. In fact, this is the first television series to have a direct connection to the X-Men film series, a property that is owned by Marvel, but whose film and television life have been controlled by Twentieth Century Fox since the 1990s.
Diagnosed as schizophrenic, (Haller) 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 visions might be real.
The series was created by Noah Hawley, the man who also successfully adapted Fargo for FX over the last few years. Legion himself was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, first appearing in Marvel comics in 1985.
One of the keys to Haller is that he wasn’t misdiagnosed with the mental disorder – he actually has it. And each of his personalities can control various powers that he possesses, at least according to the comic book.
While the series is directly related to the X-Men franchise, Legion will be set in a parallel universe to the existing storylines, according to reports.
The eight-episode first season also includes Rachel Keller, who played Simone Gerhardt in the second season of Fargo. Jean Smart, who played Keller’s grandmother in that same season, will come on as therapist Melanie.
Rounding out the primary cast is Aubrey Plaza, best known for her work on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
Hawley will write and direct the premiere. The third season of his Fargo anthology is expected later in the year.
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