The Avengers have their spin-off TV series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, and soon, their Marvel counterpart, X-Men, will be following suit with “Legion”.
FX Network has given a series order to “Legion”, which already has a pilot episode in plans since 7 months ago. Marvel will be partnering with FX Network to present the story of the son of Charles “Professor X” Xavier and Gabrille Haller, David Haller, a disturbed young man who may be “more than human”.
According to Marvel, Haller is a character who suffers from schizophrenia and is struggling with his mental illness. As a result, he has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years.
In a statement, Marvel said:
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.
As a mutant, Haller is named Legion. He is considered one of the most powerful mutants in the world, but the nature of his power renders him unstable.
He also has a form of dissociative identity disorder, which means that his many split personas each have a different superpower. Having that many split personas means that his alter egos are constantly warring inside his mind in order to take control of his body.
In the comics, Haller is shown to be close to Moira MacTaggert, who is portrayed in the movies by actress Rose Byrne.
The series will be presented in 8 episodes, and is expected to air in early 2017. British actor Dan Stevens (“Beauty and the Beast”) will take the titular role of Haller, while Rachel Keller (“Fargo”), Jean Smart (“Fargo”), and Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) will be starring as other yet-to-be disclosed characters.
Noah Hawley, who directed the pilot episode of “Legion”, will work as the executive producer for the season. The director of the “X-Men” movies, Bryan Singer, will be one of the producers.
It is unsure if the TV series will be tied-in with any of the recent X-Men movies, or if Legion will ever appear in future movies. Guess we’ll just have to wait for Marvel or FX Network to release more details!
Production for the series will be starting in summer in America, which runs from mid-June to the end of August.
Source: BBC Newsbeat.