FX has ordered comic book drama “Legion” to series. The show hails from FX Productions and Marvel Television, and the eight-episode first season will debut on FX in early 2017. “Fargo” boss Noah Hawley will executive produce. The news was announced by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming, FX Networks and FX Productions
“Legion” introduces the story of David Haller (“Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens). 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.
In Marvel Comics canon, David Haller is Professor Charles Xavier’s mutant son. Xavier has been portrayed by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the “X-Men” franchise on the big screen, but the films have yet to introduce any children for the Professor. The latest installment in the movie series, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” was released on May 27 and topped the Memorial Day box office, racking up over $80 million domestically.
In addition to Stevens, the series stars “Fargo” alums Rachel Keller and Jean Smart, along with Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin.
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with ‘Legion’ he has delivered another major creative achievement,” says Grad. “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.”