Bryan Singer says Marvel and FX's Legion will be 'part of the X-Men universe'

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Aug 26, 2016, 4:59 PM EDT

Ever since X-Men TV spinoff Legion was announced, there’s been plenty of back and forth as to whether the Marvel and FX series would be part of the X-Men Cinematic Universe (sometimes they said yes, and sometimes they said no). Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse), who will serve as executive producer on the new series, has an answer about the show's movie connections.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Singer confirmed that the FX series was designed to be “part of the X-Men universe, but when you watched it, you wouldn't have to label it, it could exist completely on its own,” adding that Legion and another planned X-Men series “will relate to future X-Men movies,” and that it would feature a “really ambitious and fun and very unique storyline.” I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me!

Legion stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest, Beauty and the Beast) as David Haller, the schizophrenic son of Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, as well as Rachel Keller (Fargo), Jean Smart (Fargo), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jeremie Harris (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Amber Midthunder (Hell or High Water), Katie Aselton (The League), Hamish Linklater (Battleship) and Bill Irwin (Interstellar).

The X-Men spinoff hails from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley and the X-Men movie team of Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg. Marvel Head of TV Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and John Cameron (Fargo) will also executive-produce, and the eight-episode series is being produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television.

Legion follows David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and visions might be real.

Legion will premiere in 2017 on FX.

(via THR)