Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza Confirmed to Star in Fox's Legion X-Men Spin-Off

Thursday, 04 February 2016 - 2:25PM
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Thursday, 04 February 2016 - 2:25PM
Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza Confirmed to Star in Fox's Legion X-Men Spin-Off
FX's X-Men spin-off show, Legion, is starting to take shape. It was announced today that Dan Stevens, of 'Downton Abbey' and 'The Guest' fame, will play the titular hero in Noah Hawley's exciting new prospect. Stevens will play David Haller, a man who is losing his grip on a battle with schizophrenia until he meets a woman who can help him turn his life around. While it's not certain how close to Marvel canon FX will play the character, David will likely be the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier.

The announcement also brought the news that Parks and Rec's Aubrey Plaza will star alongside Stevens as Lenny, one of David's washed out friends. Fargo's Jean Smart has also been announced for the project, which is currently going to pilot over at FX with a script from Noah Hawley.

While it may raise a few eyebrows, the appointment of Stevens seems like a perfect fit. Simon Kinberg has previously described Hawley's Legion project as the "Breaking Bad of superhero stories", and after seeing Stevens' performance in The Guest, it's clear he's an actor who has the range necessary to pull of such a charistmatic and troubled character such as David Haller.

Kinberg has talked much about the freedom that the TV format will give the likes of Haller in telling these stories, and that freedom is likely to be even greater with the recent news that the Legion show will not take place in the existing X-Men cinematic universe.

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"It's not in the continuity of those films in the sense the current X-Men films take place in a universe in which everybody on planet Earth is aware of the existence of mutants," FX president John Landgraf said at TCA this weekend (via io9). "The series Legion takes place in a parallel universe, if you will, in which the US government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn't foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes."
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With FX hosting the pilot, we're hoping that Legion can do for Fox's Marvel properties what the likes of Daredevil and Jessica Jones did for Marvel's own.
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