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TV Series X-Men: Legion signs up three cracking actors…

February 5th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Last year, it was announced that Marvel Studios (owners of the Avengers) and Fox (X-Men owners) had settled their differences in order to create two TV spin-offs for popular mutant franchise.

The first spin-off is named Legion and its just landed a killer cast, including Dan Stevens, the British actor known for his role in Downton Abbey and The Guest. Stevens will play David Haller, a schizophrenic who realises that the voices in his head may actually exist, report Digital Spy (via Squareeyed).

Fargo creator and showrunner Noah Hawley is overseeing the pilot for FX. Fargo was also recently commissioned for a third season, which will air in Spring 2017.

The spin-off will reunite Hawley with Rachel Keller (we reported she had joined the cast at the start of January) and Jean Smart – both of whom starred in Fargo season two – while Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) will appear as his drug-addicted best friend, Lenny.

In the comics, Haller is the son of Charles Xavier, a character first portrayed by Patrick Stewart and, later, James McAvoy in the film series. McAvoy will star as the Professor for the third time in Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, due to be released May 27.

Stevens was one of the original cast members of ITV’s Downton Abbey before enjoying reasonable success on the big screen. His credits A Walk Among the Tombstones and fantasy sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, but his strongest performances to date came in the 2014 thriller The Guest.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.