Three months has passed since Marvel and Fox joined forces to create multiple X-Men TV shows, Hellfire, and Legion, for Fox and FX. It appears to be a step in the right direction for both companies, and some say that this team up can this team up can bring about a closer relationship between the studio and network.
Hellfire just lost its showrunners a few weeks ago so that series is still in the starting stages. Legion is officially now in the casting process. Last month Rachel Keller from season two of FX’s Fargo was cast as the female lead, and John Landgraf, president of FX, spoke recently about Legion, saying that the series would take place in a parallel universe to the X-Men films. After the news broke, some fans were a bit disappointed, but this casting news will bring smiles to fans' faces.
It is now confirmed that Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Dan Stevens (The Guest), and Jean Smart (Fargo) have all joined the cast of Legion, with production on the pilot episode set to begin next month. Also, the characters these actors are portraying all have character descriptions now released online for fans to see:
DAVID (Dan Stevens) – Diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age, David is a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but he’s getting tired and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams.
LENNY (Aubrey Plaza) – David’s friend, who despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, knows that any day now her life is gonna turn around, which gives Lenny the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.
MELANIE (Jean Smart) – A nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods.
SYD (Rachel Keller) – Self-sufficient and street smart, Syd uses her sharp and prickly demeanor to protect her soft core, because even though it makes her a sucker and puts her at risk, she still believes in happily ever after.
Dan Stevens blew people away with his role in the 2014 thriller, The Guest. Stevens’ character, David Haller, is the son of Professor X himself, Charles Xavier, though it is unlikely that the series will use the connection. Jean Smart’s casting for the series is a very good choice as well. After delivering another good performance in season 2 of Fargo, she will fit well in the series.
Plaza is best known for her time on Parks and Recreation for NBC but now can be seen sharing the screen with Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in the comedy Dirty Grandpa. She has joined this comic book series and should fit in well with fans. This may be a really smart casting choice if Legion intends to use both her comedic and dramatic chops.
Legion is shaping up to be an exciting comic book series thanks to this already impressive cast. We will see if the series is set to debut in 2016, but right now this great news is a fantastic start. Simon Kinberg described this show as the "Breaking Bad" of superhero stories. Now that's something to be exciting about.
FX has yet to set an official premiere date for Legion.
Which Fox or FX show are you most excited about?