Taking advantage of the recent X-Men: Apocalypse hype, FX has announced an eight episode order of Legion, a new take on the familiar X-Men universe!
According to Hollywood Reporter, the show will follow the mutant son of Charles Xavier (Professor X):
Legion introduces the story of David Haller (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens), a man who may be more than human and who has struggled with mental illness since his teenage years. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. In the comics, David is the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) and Israeli Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller. The character first appeared in New Mutants No. 25 in March 1985.
The show will also star Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as Lenny, Jean Smart as Melanie, and Rachel Keller as an unnamed mutant. Noah Hawley (Fargo) will serve as showrunner, with show producers hailing from Marvel.
FX released a still of David Haller, the show’s main character, alongside today’s announcement:
Legion is expected to hit TV screens in 2017.