Today, Marvel has announced casting additions to their X-Men series Legion, which sees Marvel Television producing and FX handling the production side of things. The first real partnership between Marvel and Fox in a very long time.
Dan Stevens (The Guest, Downton Abbey), Aubrey Plaza (Scott Pilgrim, Parks and Rec), and Jean Smart (Fargo), have all joined the cast along with character descriptions of who they’ll be playing in the series. Dan Stevens will lead the show as the as David, the son of Professor Charles Xavier and the titular Legion. I know a lot of people were rooting he’d land the Iron Fist role, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Here’s the full press release for the pilot casting.
Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, and Jean Smart have joined the cast of the pilot for “Legion,” the story of a troubled young man. Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”), and Smart (“Fargo”) join Rachel Keller (“Fargo”) in a previously announced role in the pilot, which will begin production in March.
DAVID (Dan Stevens) - Diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age, David is a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but he’s getting tired and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams.
LENNY (Aubrey Plaza) - David’s friend, who despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, knows that any day now her life is gonna turn around, which gives Lenny the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.
MELANIE (Jean Smart) – A nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods.
SYD (Rachel Keller) – Self-sufficient and street smart, Syd 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.
Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) wrote the pilot and serves as an Executive Producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Bryan Singer (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Superman Returns”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Martian”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”), Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”) and John Cameron (“Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski”). “Legion” is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the Executive Producers of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning FX limited series “Fargo.” The pilot for “Legion” will be produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.
Dan Stevens will next be seen as the Beast in the Disney live action “Beauty and the Beast” opposite Emma Watson, and is currently filming “Permission” with Rebecca Hall. Previously Stevens starred in the cult hit “The Guest.” Stevens is represented by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates and Peikoff/Mahan.
Aubrey Plaza will next be seen in “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” Her other film credits include the critically acclaimed feature “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Ned Rifle,” “The To Do List,” “A Driftless Area,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” and “Funny People,” among many others. On television, Plaza starred as “April Ludgate” in the Emmy-nominated comedy series “Parks and Recreation.” Plaza is represented by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and Ira Schreck.
Jean Smart most recently starred as “Floyd Gerhardt” in the second installment of the award-winning and acclaimed FX limited series “Fargo,” for which she won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series. She will next star alongside Ben Affleck in director Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant,” which will be released in 2016. She has won three Emmy Awards and received four additional nominations for her work on “Harry’s Law,” “Frasier,” “The District,” “24” and “Samantha Who.” She has also garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in the feature film “Guinevere,” and was nominated for a Tony Award® for her starring role on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” Smart is represented by WME and Untitled Entertainment.
Rachel Keller just had a breakout role playing “Simone” on “Fargo” for FX. During her final year at Carnegie Mellon University, Rachel starred in the Zachary Quinto produced “Hollidaysburg” as part of Starz “The Chair” series. Keller is represented by WME and Suskin Management.