FX Orders X-Men Pilot "Legion" to Series

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 - 4:29PM
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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 - 4:29PM
FX Orders X-Men Pilot "Legion" to Series
In the wake of X-Men: Apocalypse's release, FX has officially picked up the X-Men pilot, Legion, to series. The show, which is already garnering great buzz, will air an eight-episode first season in early 2017.

Legion stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest) as David Haller, the son of Professor X and Israeli Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller, a man who has struggled with schizophrenia for many years. When the series begins, Haller is just starting to realize that the voices in his head may not be hallucinations after all.

The show also stars Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza as David's friend Lenny, and Fargo's Jean Smart as Melanie, his therapist. Fellow Fargo alum Rachel Keller is rumored to play a character who combines elements of Rogue and Spyke. Fargo's Noah Hawley will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

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"We've come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement," said FX original programming president Nick Grad. "Just as he did in reimagining Fargo, he is bringing an entirely new aesthetic and sensibility to the enormously popular and richly represented X-Men world. 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."
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This news comes right on the heels of the release of X-Men: Apocalypse last week, which was a disappointment both critically and financially. The film currently stands at 49%, and although it stands at #1 at the box office, it made an underwhelming $80 million over Memorial Day weekend. But considering the talent and positive buzz behind Legion, which has been called the "Breaking Bad of superhero shows," this might be the perfect project to garner more critical acclaim for the X-Men franchise again.
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