FX to launch X-Men spinoff series Legion

FX will be launching the first season of X-Men spinoff series Legion on its TV network. The story will follow a young troubled man (played by Dan Stevens) who may have abilities no other human can have.

David Haller has always struggled with mental illness as a teenager and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for many years. However, after a strange experience with a fellow patient, David finds out that the voices he hears and the images he sees may be real.

Nick Grad, President of Original Programming at FX said in a statement: “We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement. 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.”

Noah Hawley (Fargo), Lauren Shuler Donner (The Walking Dead), Bryan Singer (X-Men), Simon Kinberg (The Martian), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) and John Cameron (Fargo) will serve as executive producers.

Production on the eight-episode first season will begin in Vancouver in the US Summer with plans for an early 2017 debut on FX.