FX and Marvel's Legion casts its title role and more

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Feb 6, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

One of the more interesting comic book TV projects in development right now, a series in joint development between Marvel TV and FX Networks which includes X-Men masterminds Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg. It's a rare merging of Fox's Marvel team and Disney's Marvel team, and we still don't know how much we'll hear about actual mutants in the series. More exciting though, is that Noah Hawley, creator of FX's Fargo (which somehow just finished a second season even better than its incredible first. 

Now, the next stage of development has arrived: casting. 

Today, Marvel announced that the title character of Legion (or at least, that's his comic book name) will be played by Dan Stevens, best known as Matthew Crawley from the ITV/PBS series Downton Abbey. Stevens will play David, in the comics the son of Charles Xavier, who's described as "a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but he's getting tired and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams."

Parks & Recreation's Aubrey Plaza also joins the cast as Lenny, a drug addict and alcoholic who "knows that any day now her life is gonna turn around." Jean Smart, fresh off an amazing performance in Fargo, also joins as "nurturing, demanding therapist" Wendy. Rounding out the announcements is Rachel Keller, who broke out thanks to Fargo, as the "self-sufficient and street smart" Syd. 

So, the core cast is here, and it's an interesting one. If you only know Stevens from Downton, just know that he showed tremendous range in the 2014 thriller The Guest, and he's about to hit even bigger stardom thanks to the live-action Beauty and the Beast, as Beast. Plaza, Smart, and Keller also all feel like smart choices, despite not really knowing exactly how comic-bookish this show will be just yet.

What do you think? Does this Legion cast have you intrigued?

(Via Marvel)