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FX pick up X-Men spin-off Legion

LEGION - Pictured: Dan Stevens as David Haller. CR: Chris Large/FXLegion, the latest series to bring the X-Men universe to television, has received an eight episode order from FX.

Described as “the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human”,  Legion will star Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, Fargo’s Rachel Keller and Jean Smart, and Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza with Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin. The series will film in Vancouver for a 2017 release.

“We’ve come to expect excellence from [exec producer] Noah Hawley and with ‘Legion’ he has delivered another major creative achievement,” said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “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.”

“Marvel Television is thrilled to not only have our first partnership with FX go to series, but working with the enormously talented Noah Hawley makes it even better,” said Executive Producer and Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, “From the first time we heard Noah’s vision to his exceptional script and cast through the extraordinary filming of the pilot, we knew the series would be incredible.

Legion introduces the story of David Haller: Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

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