FX ‘X-Men’ Series ‘Legion’ Goes Completely Crazy in First Trailer [SDCC 2016]
Noah Hawley’s FX X-Men drama Legion might have skipped out on Comic-Con 2016 itself, but when better to drop a first look? Up is down, cats and dogs are living together, and everything seems bonkers insane in the first full Legion trailer, complete with dance number!
It’s hard to plot any kind of throughline through the extensive new footage, though it at least appears that David Haller appears to have swapped lives with a missing girl, potentially as part of her mutant power. At the very least, it seems the presence of mutants in the world is growing harder and harder to contain.
For those unaware, 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 the latest details, but what do we make of the trailer?
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