Comic book movies and TV series are all the rage in Hollywood these days.
From Marvel‘s “Agent Carter” to Fox‘s “Gotham” to The CW‘s “The Flash“, there’s a long list of superhero series for us to watch. It may prove to be a problem for anyone including us to take in yet another superhero series on TV.
Of course, a superhero series may still become one of the most popular TV series of the year if it has an interesting plot and a stellar cast. One such series that recently caught our attention is “Legion“, one of the upcoming “X-Men” spin-off TV series.
Earlier in October 2015, Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, announced that they’ve ordered the pilot for “Legion”, a series that centres on the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human.
In Marvel’s comic books, David is the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier, the founder of the X-Men, and Gabrielle Haller. For the series, however, Haller is described to be a teenager who has been “diagnosed as schizophrenic” and “struggled with mental illness”.
Being in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years, Haller’s life changes “after a strange encounter with a fellow patient”. The series will show him confronting with “the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real”.
It is unclear who will play Haller, but “Fargo” star Rachel Keller is joining the cast to play “a scrappy, optimistic young woman in her 20s”. Specific details regarding her role are kept under wraps, but rumour has it that she may be an incarnation of established X-Men characters Rogue and Spyke.
Keller is best known for playing Simon Gerhardt in the 2nd season of FX’s “Fargo”. The role was her first leading gig and it catapulted her to fame as the character became a fan favourite. She also starred in indie film “Holidaysburg”, as well as several episodes of “Supernatural” and “The Mentalist” in the past.
“Fargo” creator Noah Hawley will write the pilot that will be produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television.
He will executive produce alongside “X-Men: Apocalypse” director Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s “Daredevil” executive producer Jim Chory, and John Cameron.
Filming on the pilot is expected to get underway early this year, so stay tuned for more updates.