FX is certainly pulling in some big talent for their new X-Men related television movie Legion with the announcement that the production has cast Dan Stevens (Downtown Abby), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), and Jean Smart (Fargo). They join Rachel Keller (Fargo) in a growing cast in writer and producer Noah Hawley‘s new project. What roles will they be playing?
Stevens will play the title role as David Haller, the son of Professor Xavier and Gabrille Haller. He struggles with mental illness growing up, and been in and out of psychiatric hospitals until he has an encounter with another patient that leads him to believe that the voices and visions in his head might just be real. In Legion, David is:
A haunted man trying to find his way back to sanity; he’s getting tired and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams.
Jean Smart is playing Melanie, David’s latest therapist who is:
A nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods.
Aubrey Plaza will play Lenny:
David’s friend who has struggled with substance abuse, but still feels like her life is just about to turn around in spite of everything telling her otherwise.
Rachel Keller is Syd the girl of David’s dreams:
A self-sufficient and street smart woman who 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.
While this television movie is said to take place outside the FOX X-Men universe, there are certain to be some nods and winks to the source material. In fact if this television movie was later decided to be included in the X-Men cinematic universe, the powers that be could easily just make it all part of David’s mental powers, he has a ton of them. His power levels are defined as Omega Level which puts him in the power ranks with Jean Grey, Quentin Quire, Vulcan, Rachel Summers, Iceman, Elixir, Franklin Richards, and Psylocke.
While many fans were disappointed that this would not be tied to the X-Men Cinematic Universe, perhaps this talented cast can make the powers that be rethink that when all is said and done.