FX casts Professor X’s son in its TV adaptation of ‘Legion’
“Legion,” Marvel television’s pilot for the FX Network about a diagnosed schizophrenic named David who is about to give up on life before he meets his dream girl, has cast Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza and Jean Smart in key roles.
David, a.k.a. Legion, has within him multiple personalities of various sexes and widely variant temperaments, and each of those personalities possess a superpower: pyrokinesis, telekinesis, telepathy, etc.
It’s unclear what direction the pilot will go in introducing Plaza as Lenny, a friend of David’s who helps pull him out of despair, but without being spoilery, there are some obvious ideas. Smart is cast as David’s therapist, Melanie, and “Fargo’s” Rachel Keller has already been cast as another character named Syd.
Noah Hawley wrote the pilot and will serve as an executive producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Jeph Loeb. “Jessica Jones” and “Dardevil” executive producer Jim Chory and John Cameron, who produces “Fargo” with Hawley, round out the executive crew.
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