X-Men TV Series Legion Gets Series Order At FX

Credit: Chris Large/FX
Credit: Chris Large/FX

Get ready, X-Men fans. It’s time to get darker.

FX’s Legion has officially been ordered to series.

This take on the X-Men character has been hotly anticipated since its announcement. (Whatever happened to that Hellfire Club TV series? Is that dead?)

Legion marks the first live-action TV incarnation of an X-Men character. So hey! Congratulations on that.

The first season has been ordered for eight episodes at the cable network. The show will officially debut sometime in early 2017.

The show will differ from the comics take on the character, who is the son of Professor Charles Xavier and Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller.

Here’s a synopsis of the show below.

man who may be more than human and who has struggled with mental illness since his teenage years. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) will play David Haller aka Legion. Aubrey Plaza will play David’s friend, Lenny. While Fargo vets Jean Smart and Rachel Keller will respectively play Melanie, a therapist, and a character who is a mix of Rogue and Spyke.

I’m very interested to see how they would combine those two. 

Fargo‘s Noah Hawley will be showrunning the series.

FX’s president of original programming, Nick Grad had nothing but good things to say on the pilot.

He said: “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.”

Well I’m excited to see how they would take on this complex character.

Bec Heim