Legion, the X-Men spinoff that has been tantalizing Marvel fans forever, has officially found a home at FX Networks. It was announced on Tuesday that Noah Hawley, the mastermind of the Fargo TV adaptation, will serve as executive producer, along with a host of other producers, including Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg.
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) will star as David Haller, a troubled man who may be a mutant (and whose father may be Dr. Charles Xavier!). The first season will be eight episodes and debut on FX in early 2017.
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement,” said Nick Grad, FX’s president of original programming, in a statement. He goes on:
“Just as he did in reimagining Fargo, [Hawley] 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.”
This deal has been in the works for a while, as FX CEO John Landgraf announced the pickup last January to the Television Critics Association. The pilot was originally scheduled to air later this year.
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