The first season of FX’s Legion is widely regarded as literally some of the best comic book TV ever made. Creator Noah Hawley brought the Marvel Comics’ story of David Haller (Dan Stevens) to life in the weirdest and most wonderful way.
Now, the pressure’s on Hawley and the show’s cast to keep on bringing it in the 10-episode Season 2 which premieres in early 2018.
Hawley was joined on Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 stage by executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeb along with series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder for a conversation on what to look forward to from season 2 of Legion.
Legion won’t crossover with the X-Men movies.
While the TV series is technically based on a character with X-Men-related origins — Haller is Professor X’s son in the comics — it won’t ever crossover with the movie universe.
“It has to exist in its own plane,” says producer Lauren Shuler Donner. “It can’t ever cross paths with the movies.”
Legion, ICYMI, is based on the New Mutants Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. It’s the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who grew up believing himself to be schizophrenic, only to discover he is something more than human. In fact, David could be the most powerful mutant who has ever lived.
Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people at a facility called Summerland, David learns to accept his true self and defeat the Shadow King. Or so they all believe.
At the end of Season 1, we saw David drift away inside an orb. What happens next?
At the end of the first season, David found himself finally free of the Shadow King but was ultimately trapped inside of a strange orb.
“That obviously will take him some place and he’ll have to find his way back,” Hawley said cryptically. “There’s a lot of things I can’t tell you, but there are some things I can…”
Saïd Taghmaoui is joining the cast as the Shadow King.
“We are going to meet the Shadow King, Amahl Farouk, in Season 2,” Hawley revealed. “He’s going to be played by Saïd Taghmaoui.”
Taghmaoui was recently seen in Wonder Woman, but Hawley says he first came to his attention in Three Kings. “He’ll for the trio with Jemaine and Aubrey,” Hawley says.
Legion will return to FX in early 2018.