“He may be the most powerful mutant we’ve ever encountered.”
The trailer was unveiled during San Diego Comic-Con. “Legion” centers on David Haller (Professor X’s son), “a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and visions might be real.”
Hawley told us last fall that he was drawn to Haller because “here’s a character who is schizophrenic on some level, a character struggling with mental illness. Is he crazy or does he have these powers? The answer is, kind of both. I’m a big believer that the structure of a story should reflect the content of the story. And so I liked the idea that if you have a character that doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not real, that is also the audience’s journey.”
The show is a standalone from the rest of the “X-Men” Cinematic Universe, he added.
Dan Stevens stars as David Haller. Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Katie Aselton, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Bill Irwin and Aubrey Plaza also star.
Hawley is executive producer with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory, and John Cameron.
FX Productions and Marvel Television are behind the show, which debuts on FX in early 2017.
Here’s the trailer: