Plans are in place for the return of an acclaimed drama series from creator and executive producer Noah Hawley, whose FX series “Legion” returns April 3 for its second season.
“Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens stars in the series as David Haller, who is thought to be schizophrenic but may in fact be the most powerful mutant in the history of the world. The show is based on the Marvel Comics series by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Here’s more about the series in Tuesday’s announcement from FX — and if you haven’t yet watched season one, this part is full of spoilers (and also explains a lot in case season one left you confused):
From childhood, David shuffled from one psychiatric institution to the next until, in his early 30s, he met and fell in love with a beautiful and troubled fellow patient named “Syd” (Rachel Keller). After Syd and David shared a startling encounter, he was forced to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. Syd led David to “Melanie Bird” (Jean Smart), a demanding but nurturing therapist who heads a team of specialists — “Ptonomy” (Jeremie Harris), “Kerry” (Amber Midthunder) and “Cary” (Bill Irwin) — each of whom possesses a unique and extraordinary gift. Together, they helped David to recognize and harness his hidden powers. With their support, David finally unlocked a deeply suppressed truth — he had been haunted his entire life by a malicious parasite of unimaginable power. Known as the “Shadow King,” this malevolent creature appeared in the form of David’s friend “Lenny” (Aubrey Plaza), but is actually an ancient being named “Amahl Farouk.”
In an epic showdown, David and his friends battled his demon, ultimately forcing it from David’s body. Unfortunately, Farouk found a new host — Melanie’s husband “Oliver Bird” (Jemaine Clement) — and escaped. Just when they thought they’d earned a moment of respite, a mysterious orb appeared and took David away to an unknown place. With David and Oliver missing and Farouk on the loose, the team forms an unlikely alliance with their former enemy “Clark” (Hamish Linklater) and his well-funded government organization, Division III. Meanwhile, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) is on a new path to attaining infinite and world-ending power.
Noah Hawley serves as executive producer, along with John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. “Legion” is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the executive producers of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning FX anthology series “Fargo.” “Legion” is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.
“Legion” (Matthias Clamer, FX)