X-Men TV Show Legion Will Take Audiences Into The Titular Character’s Mind

Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Legion is well on its way to FX. Many, including me, are curious to see how Fargo‘s Noah Hawley will handle bringing such a complex character to the screen.

David Haller is a mutant with multiple personalities, each of whom controls a different power that he possesses.

Now Hawley could go to a hokey and disrespectful extreme, but he seems to be taking care in crafting the show and the titular character. More importantly, he wants the audience to understand just what David, who will be played by Dan Stevens, has to live with on the day to day. In addition to this, he also wants to keep the show fresh in a TV landscape awash with superheroes.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hawley talked his approach.

He said: “I always feel like the structure of a story should reflect the content of the story. If the story, as in this case, is about a guy who is either schizophrenic or he has these abilities, i.e., he doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not real, then the audience should have the same experience.” 

Ultimately, he is hoping to create a “more existential exploration” of Haller’s mind.

Hawley went a little more in depth with his vision for the series. He wants Legion to be more substantive than having people run around and kick things.

He said:  “They’ve got all the running and kicking covered. I think my goal with this is to do something whimsical and imaginative and unexpected. Not just because I want to do something different, but because it feels like the right way to tell this story.”

Legion is set to debut sometime this year.

Bec Heim