Even New York Comic-Con couldn’t lift the veil of secrecy around FX’s X-Men series Legion, only showing attendees a portion of the pilot, but we’re getting closer. Not only is there a new trailer for the Noah Hawley mutant drama, but also a clearer premiere date for early 2017.

The latest trailer for FX’s upcoming series offers a few scraps of new footage, but most prominently narrows our official premiere to February of 2017. One thing the new footage doesn’t necessarily clear up is that of Aubrey Plaza’s role, who now appears for the first time outside of an asylum setting.

Most recently adding Jemaine Clement, 2017's Legion follows the story of David Haller, a young mutant struggling with schizophrenia and psychiatric incarceration, who soon learns from a fellow patient that his voices and visions may in fact be real. Created for the New Mutants in 1985, the character is also noted as the son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller.

Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens will play David as a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but tired and about to give up until he meets the girl of his dreams. Aubrey Plaza, meanwhile, will play David’s alcoholic, drug-abusing friend Lenny, who “knows that any day now her life is going to turn around — which gives Lenny the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.”

Fargo alum Jean Smart will play Melanie, “a nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods,” joining fellow Hawley favorite Rachel Keller as “Syd,” described as “Self-sufficient and street smart.” Syd uses her sharp and prickly demeanor to protect her soft core, because even though it makes her a sucker and puts her at risk, she still believes in happily ever after. Other cast members include Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin.

FX also specified the series was likely to feature all-new characters from the X-Men universe, independent of the movies’ continuity. Fargo showrunner Hawley wrote the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb.

We’ll keep up to speed on all things Legion, but what do we make of the latest?

 

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