Long rumored (or at least fancast) to play Daniel Rand in Marvel’s Iron Fist, Dan Stevens has switched gears and landed the lead role in the X-Men inspired Legion. Marvel has officially announced his, as well as Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart & Rachel Keller’s involvement in the project. Hit the jump for details!
The Legion pilot continues to grow more impressive with each announcement. Produced by Noah Hawley (Fargo), Legion is the tragic tale of “a troubled youth”, that youth being the super powered son of Professor X.
Dan Stevens has landed the lead role of David, the aforementioned youth. Rounding out the supporting cast of the pilot are Aubrey Plaza, playing the undyingly positive Lenny, Jean Smart, in the role of a tough therapist, and Rachel Keller, who will play Syd, a street wise and soft hearted female that may or may not be the apple of David’s eye.
If you don’t believe me, here are the official descriptions courtesy of Marvel:
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.
Dan Stevens was very impressive in The Guest and if he can bring the same level of intensity and dedication to David in Legion, this should turn out to be something special. I have some doubts as to whether Plaza can pull off perpetual positivity, considering she almost excusively plays sarcastic pessimists, but I’m open to be proven wrong.
Everything surrounding Legion has pointed to the show being a quality product. With the mind behind Fargo (absolutely love the show) and a talented cast, things are headed in the right direction.
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