Some call him schizophrenic, others call him mutant. Dan Stevens (Disney’s Beauty & the Beast) is the latter in the new Marvel TV series from FX, Legion, but a new photo from showrunner Noah Hawley (Fargo) teases the blurred line between the two.
In the comics, David Haller is the telepathic son of Professor Charles Xavier, played in the X-Men films by James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart. In Legion, he’ll believe the voices in his head to be a symptom of a mental illness when they’re really much more.
See the photo of Stevens in character from the snapshot during the sound mixing stage.
Speaking at the ATX Festival last month, Hawley discussed his interest in tackling a core motif of the X-Men stories: the outsider. “A feature film has to have a certain velocity to it, but a TV show is more character-driven,” he said, “and I think it’s more interesting to explore almost the existential questions of what it’s like to be different, to really be different, and to question the reality that everybody else lives in.”
FX boss John Landgraf said Legion does not exist within the continuity of the X-Men films, but rather “a parallel universe in which the U.S. government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist, but the public does not.” He added, “I wouldn’t foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes.”
Stevens is joined by Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin. FX is eyeing an early 2017 premiere for Legion.