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Legion is an American cable television series created for FX by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character David Haller / Legion. It is connected to the X-Men film series, the first television series to do so, and is produced by FX Productions in association with Marvel Television. Hawley serves as showrunner on the series.
Dan Stevens stars as Haller, a mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Jean Smart also star. In October 2015, FX and Marvel Television announced a new collaboration to create a television series based on the X-Men character Legion, with Hawley signed on to write and direct the pilot. Casting began by January 2016, and the pilot was completed by May. The show was then picked up to series. Filming takes place in Vancouver, and on sets built in Burnaby. Hawley wanted to show Haller as an “unreliable narrator”, including mixing 1960s design with modern-day elements, and filming the series through the title character’s distorted view of reality.
The eight-episode first season of Legion premiered at the Pacific Design Center on January 26, 2017, ahead of its FX debut on February 8. The series received critical acclaim, with praise going to the cast, particularly Stevens, Hawley’s visuals and design, and the nonlinear, unreliable nature of the storytelling. Several critics did note that the latter aspects would not be for all viewers, and some criticized this as the latest in a growing trend of television series with unreliable narratives.
Cast and characters
- Dan Stevens as David Haller: The mutant son of Charles Xavier, Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and meets the “girl of his dreams” in a psychiatric hospital. The character has several psychic abilities, including telepathy and telekinesis. Stevens joined the series because of showrunner Noah Hawley’s involvement, and after exploring the source material. Casting Stevens alleviated Hawley’s concerns about focusing the series on Haller’s internal issues, as “he’s very vulnerable and also very strong” and can be endearing to the audience. Hawley created a 160-track playlist to help Stevens understand Haller’s mindset, which included “everything from experimental French sound design, people screaming into bins and such, to Pink Floyd and everything in between.” Stevens also did extensive research on mental health to prepare for the role, talking to both sufferers and doctors. He felt this allowed him to “really [take] on board” the “vividness of the reality”, and said that there are “different ways of perceiving crazy people … it’s such a misunderstood condition.” Hawley and the cast kept secrets from Stevens about the character and plot so that the actor could identify with Haller’s confusion about reality.
- Haller’s earlier life is shown in several flashbacks and dream sequences, with the character portrayed by Tobias Austen and Noah Hegglin Houben as an infant, Sebastian Billinsley-Rodriguez as a toddler, Christian Convery as a four-year-old, Luke Roessler as a six-to-eight-year-old, Jacob Hoppenbrouwer as a ten-to-twelve-year-old, and Alex Mulgrew as a sixteen-year-old.
- Rachel Keller as Sydney “Syd” Barrett: A “self-sufficient and street smart” young woman who “still believes in happily ever after”, who becomes Haller’s “girlfriend”. Hawley explained, “If she touches your skin she trades places with you, her mind goes into your body and the other way around.” Because of her abilities, the character is portrayed as “withdrawn”, the opposite of Keller’s breakout performance in the second season of Hawley’s Fargo. The character is named after Roger “Syd” Barrett of the rock band Pink Floyd, whose music was an important influence on the series for Hawley.
- Aubrey Plaza as Lenny “Cornflakes” Busker: Haller’s friend who is an “impossible optimist” despite a history of drug and alcohol abuse and a rough demeanor. The character dies in the first episode, but reappears in Haller’s mind “kind of like David’s conscience”, playing an important role in his journey. Busker was originally written for a middle aged man, until Hawley met Plaza and rethought the character. However, Plaza insisted that the character’s dialogue not be changed for her, instead choosing to play the character as both male and female. This led to Busker “making crass remarks about women and muttering vintage phrases”. Plaza’s performance, which she described as kind of “unisex, androgynous”, was inspired by David Bowie. While preparing for the role, Plaza decided that Busker’s hands would be covered with small henna tattoos, which had to be applied every day before filming.
- Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk: A “geeky scientist”, one of the founders of Summerland and one of Bird’s specialists. The character is introduced in the second episode, but Hawley sought to cast Irwin, for his “playful approach to characters”, during filming on the pilot, before the character’s role had been written. Hawley “had to pitch him the weird, crazy character dynamic and that the show is about memory and identity”, and Irwin agreed to join the project.Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace: A former child prodigy who is “stand-offish and sardonic”, one of Bird’s specialists. A “memory artist”, Ptonomy “remembers everything, and has the ability to take people back into their own memories”.Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk: A savant with a “childlike sense of wonder”, one of Bird’s specialists.