FX has ordered an eight-episode season of “Legion,” a new drama that centers on the schizophrenic son of “X-Men” leader Professor X. The show, described as “the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human,” stars Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” and “The Guest” in the lead role. Rachel Keller and Jean Smart of “Fargo,” Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”), Jeremie Harris (“A Walk Among the Tombstones”), Amber Midthunder (“Hell or High Water”), Katie Aselton (“The League”) and Bill Irwin (“Interstellar”) also star.
Noah Hawley will serve as showrunner on the new series, a co-production between FX and Marvel Television. Stevens plays David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who has struggled with mental illness since his teenage years; an odd encounter with another mental patient awakens him to the possibility that the voices he hears and visions he sees might not be figments of his imagination.
Hawley will executive produce “Legion” along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. The series goes into production this summer and is set to debut on FX early next year.
FX ordered the “Legion” pilot last October, at the same time Fox unveiled the development of “Hellfire,” a drama based on the villains of The Hellfire Club (whose nefarious members were featured in the 2011 movie “X-Men: First Class”).