Legion casts major villain role ahead of season 2
FX’s mind-bending superhero show, Legion, took over Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic-Con and gave fans a small preview of what’s next for David and his band of powered pals with one big piece of casting news.
Cast members Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder were on stage along with showrunner Noah Hawley and executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeb.
Joining them unexpectedly was a new cast member. Wonder Woman‘s Saïd Taghmoui is joining the show as the much-discussed villain Amahl Farouk, the Shadow King. The powerful mutant showed up previously in the form of Aubrey Plaza and the Devil with the Yellow Eyes.
Hawley was mum on the details of season 2’s story and where David might be after being abducted by a flying silver ball. (Yeah, the finale was a little strange.)
During the conversation, surprising secrets from the production of season 1 came out. After showing the incredibly memorable silent movie sequence from the first season’s penultimate episode, Irwin revealed that the gimmick wasn’t in the script at all. Hawley added the title cards in the editing room, believing the sequence needed something.
Plaza, describing her role as Lenny, called the part a “dream come true,” saying she had always wanted to learn how to move like a psychopath.
The question of Professor X’s looming presence came up a number of times. There was no definitive word on whether David’s father would show up or whether he’d look like Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy. Hawley said he didn’t know which would be funnier.
The laugh of the panel easily went to Smart. When asked about the possible return of her true love, Oliver (Jemaine Clement), she said she never really got him back. “She’s in love with a popsicle, and she hasn’t had sex in 20 years,” she said.
FX was quick to renew Legion for a second season before the sixth episode aired, noting what president Eric Schrier called “a stunning achievement.”
Season 1 concluded in March; season 2 will premiere in early 2018.