It’s full steam ahead for the production of FX’s X-Men pilot Legion. Filming for the pilot is set to begin next month, and marks the first of two planed X-Men series to be co-produced by Fox and Marvel. While Legion’s sister series Hellfire has experienced some setbacks in the pre-production stage, losing its showrunners just as things we getting off the ground, Legion appears to be on the fast track with hopes of a pickup already running high.
While the series won’t be a part of the X-Men film franchise continuity, Legion seems set to cash in on the superhero craze currently taking over the worlds of TV and film, and could represent a strong partnership between Marvel and Fox. Recently, FX made a few casting decisions for the series, having assembled a lineup that now includes Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), and Jean Smart (Fargo). Now, just as filming is about to begin, FX has made another intriguing casting addition.
Deadline has reported that Amber Midthunder (Banshee, Longmire) has been added to the cast. Little has been revealed about her character or the role she’ll play in the series, but her addition adds more talent to a series that’s already full of quality actors. Midthunder will be playing Kerry, and her description (see below), provided by Deadline, offers limited insight into who she might be.
“Kerry [is] a woman of action with a childlike sense of wonder. A true savant, Kerry has lived a sheltered, but never dull life.”
Legion is set to follow the story of David Haller (Stevens) who is better known to comic readers as Legion: the illegitimate son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier. Haller is a schizophrenic, affected by mysterious voices since his youth who, in the comics, is also imbued with psionic powers (not unlike his father). X-Men: Apocalypse screenwriter and series producer Simon Kinberg has previously compared Legion to Breaking Bad, thematically, and it could be an interesting deviation from the superhero norms.
There’s no telling what Midthunder’s role might be or even whether or not she’s a new character or someone already established in the comics universes. It’s possible that the Kerry in question is minor character Kerry Dowenn - though given the description of Midthunder’s role, that seems unlikely. Kerry Dowenn is a tough special agent, which doesn’t appear to mesh with what we know of Legion’s Kerry.
Still, surprises are sure to be in store and you can bet that series producer Noah Hawley (Fargo) knows how to work the long game. While there’s no official word on when the series would air, should it be picked up, all signs seem to point in a positive direction. Barring an abysmal failure of the pilot, which doesn’t seem likely, we should see Legion sooner rather than later.
We'll let you know when Legion gets an official premiere date on FX.