By Matt Webb Mitovich
FX has officially ordered to series Legion, its first co-production with Marvel Television, it was announced on Tuesday.
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) headlines the series as David Haller, a longtime diagnosed schizophrenic who, after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. Noah Hawley (Fargo) will serve as showrunner.
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement,” FX Networks and FX Productions president Nick Grad said in a statement. “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 (Parks and Recreation), Jean Smart (Fargo), Rachel Keller (Fargo) and the rest of the cast.”
The Legion cast also includes Jeremie Harris (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Amber Midthunder (Hell or High Water), Katie Aselton (The League) and Bill Irwin (Interstellar). Production on the eight-episode Season 1 begins this summer in Vancouver, with an eye on an early 2017 premiere.
“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,” Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb said. “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.”