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LEGION: Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza And Jean Smart Join Cast [FX]

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Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza and Jean Smart attached to Legion. The actors will be featured as characters in the planned Marvel universe-based FX TV series.

With the show still in early stages of development, producer Noah Hawley is busy putting together a cast for it’s pilot episode. Having previously worked on FX’s highly-successful Fargo TV adaptation, Hawley is set to oversee the network’s new program set in the world of Marvel’s X-Men franchise. Focusing on the travails of a “troubled young man” identified as the son of X-Men leader Professor Charles Xavier, Legion will be the newest addition to Marvel’s already-expansive lineup of TV programming.

The addition of such prominent figures as Dan Stevens, a Downton Abbey veteran who will be appearing in Disney‘s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, and Aubrey Plaza, recognized as snarky intern April Ludgate on the hit NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, raises the show’s profile dramatically. Fargo alum Jean Smart will also be appearing. Marvel provides the following descriptions of the characters they will be playing:

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.

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