"Shall we begin?" In the wake of the release of the new trailer and the reveal of the show’s premiere date, FX has unleashed five new promos for Marvel’s upcoming X-Men spinoff series (it’s complicated), Legion. Even tough each promo is rather short; they feature some new material for you to sink your teeth into.
The brainchild of Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, Legion stars Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame) in the titular role of David Haller, who may be one of the most powerful mutants on Earth (and the son of another powerful mutant: Charles Xavier) and the key in the battle between government forces and mutants.
The series hails from Hawley, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg, and is being executive-produced by Jeph Loeb (head of Marvel TV), Jim Chory (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and John Cameron (Fargo) and is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television. This is the first time that Marvel and the X-Men movie team are working together to produce a live-action series.
Along with the new footage, the promos also put the spotlight on the fact that David has been in and out of psychiatric institutions for a good many years (as evidenced by Dan Stevens’ two hairstyles in the promos). Coming Soon has a super-detailed synopsis for the series, so I’ve but it under the spoiler tag just in case. Show Spoiler Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.
Legion will debut on Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. on FX.
(via Coming Soon)