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CBTVB: FX’s Legion Announces Stellar Cast for Upcoming Mutant Drama

By Muuka Muyumba

FX is bringing the X-Men to the small screen in an interesting way, by teaming Emmy-winning writer/showrunner, and admitted fanboy, Noah Hawley up with powerful executive producers 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) and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb (Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil) and Jim Chory (Daredevil).

The only casting announcement for the show so far was Rachel Keller, a Fargo season two breakout who will reunite with Hawley on Legion. Today, new casting of Aubrey Plaza, Dan Stevens, and Jean Smart signals that FX is interested in building another strong franchise like Fargo.

Stevens, best known for his role as Matthew Crowley on Downton Abbey, will play the lead role of David Haller, who in the comics is the estranged son of Professor Charles Xavier, and is a schizophrenic mental patient who believes he’s hearing voices, but instead is hearing the thoughts of those around him. The character first appeared in New Mutants No. 25 in March 1985.

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Plaza will be Haller’s best friend Lenny, “David’s friend who, despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, knows that any day now her life is going to turn around — which gives Lenny the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.” Plaza is known for her bawdy roles on Parks and Recreation, Dirty Grandpa, and Funny People. Her star has been rising as she shown bright against the comet that is Chris Pratt from their Parks and Rec days.

Finally, Smart will portray Melanie, a nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She is a 3-time Emmy-winner and was a significant piece of the drama of season 2 of Fargo.

FX has yet to announce a premiere date for the show, but the pilot is currently in the works.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter