X-Men-Related TV Show Legion Will Arrive in Early 2017

By ·June 8, 2016 3:52 pm

FOX have picked up the rights to the FX and Marvel original TV show Legion. The show is set for an early 2017 release, in over 125 countries.

Created by Noah Hawley (Fargo), Legion will be set in the same world as the X-Men franchise. FOX promise that Legion will bring the X-Men universe alive as a character-driven, serialised TV show.

Legion is the story of a troubled young man named David Haller, who has struggled with mental illness since he was a teenager, including being in and out of psychiatric hospitals. After a strange encounter with a fellow patient, David is confronted with the possibility that the voices that he hears and the visions that he sees might be real and that he might be more than human.

The extraordinary cast includes Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens, Fargo alumni Rachel Keller and Jean Smart, Parks & Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, The League‘s Katie Asleton, and others.

The first season will be 8 episodes long and production will begin this Summer in Vancouver.

The first official image for Legion features Dan Stevens and can be seen below.

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Dan Stevens as David Haller in Legion.

It is clear that the character David Haller will turn out to be a mutant, so we can only assume that he is then recruited to the X-Men, or that he works in conjunction with the X-Men in some manner. We have to wonder, however, just how many big name X-Men cast members will make an appearance in this show, if any.

We assume that the approach might instead be similar to what Deadpool accomplished, which is to choose a couple of lesser-known X-Men and to cast them anew. Either way, we’re excited to see a live-action X-Men TV show arrive. It seems like something that is long overdue.

Image credits: FOX, FX, Marvel

Written by Christopher Hart

Lead Writer and Copywriter

Chris is a Copywriter with an MA in Publishing and a BA in Comparative Literature. He is also a self-published author (Altered Stone).

His areas of interest include LOST, The Leftovers, The Prisoner, Y: The Last Man, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, BioShock, Transistor, Robert Silverberg, Josh Malerman and David Cronenberg.

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