The League’s Katie Aselton Joins FX’s X-Men Drama Legion

Credit: FXX
Credit: FXX

FX’s Legion is still casting for the X-Men franchise’s first foray into television.

Today, it was announced that an actor previously associated with FX has joined the cast. Entertainment Weekly has reported that Katie Aselton, best known for her work on The League, has been cast in the role of Amy.

In a character description released for the show, Amy is described as “he practical older sister to lead character David Haller (Dan Stevens), who does her best to remain positive, which proves difficult when her brother has spent years in and out of hospitals after being diagnosed as a schizophrenic.”

Also in the cast are Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, and Rachel Keller.

It definitely looks like the cast is rounding out for the show, which will start filming this month.

In the comics, Haller is the son of Charles Xavier. Do I really need to get in who Charles Xavier is? It looks like that the show will forgo that particular comic book connection.

I do admit that I am curious how the whole superpowers thing will factor into it as a whole.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the show’s focus will be on “Haller’s discovery that the voices and visions plaguing him for so much of his life may actually be real.”

In the comics, Legion’s powers were as vast as the myriad of personalties that his fractured psyche had. He was arguably one of the most powerful characters in the X-Men continuity. So I’m really, really curious to see how this will go down in the television series. I think that it has a lot of potential to see exploration into mental illness that most people don’t see on TV today, especially in superhero media.

The pilot for Legion was written by Fargo creator Noah Hawley.

Bec Heim