X-Men television series Legion has been ordered to series by FX. The series is being executive produced by Fargo’s Noah Hawley, who wrote the pilot, which entered production earlier this year. The first season will run for eight episodes and will debut in early 2017.
Legion will follow David Haller (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), a mutant with a form schizophrenia where each one of his personalities controls a different mutant power. Haller has heard voices since he was a boy, but a strange encounter with a fellow mental patient leaves him wondering if the voices are real. You can see the first full photo of Haller in Legion below.
In the Marvel Comics Universe, Haller is the son of X-Men founder Professor X and holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller. It’s unclear if the TV show will connect David to Xavier.
Legion will also star Parkes and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza as David’s friend Lenny. Fargo alum Jean Smart and Rachel Keller will respectively play therapist Melanie and a character rumored to be a mix of Rogue and Spyke.
“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.”
Legion is a join production of FX Productions and Marvel Television. Hawley is joined by Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Superman Returns), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Martian), Jon Cameron and Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb (Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil) and Jim Chory (Daredevil) as executive producers.