The comic to television parade continues as three roles for the upcoming FX channels, Legion, has been cast with Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, and Jean Smart.
“In a press release on Thursday, Stevens was announced as the leading lad and Legion himself (otherwise known as David). A “haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity” after being diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David is “getting tired” of life and the tribulations within it. In fact, he may be on the cusp of giving up. Until he meets a girl—Syd, played by the previously announced 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.”
Also joining the cast is Parks and Recreation alum Aubrey Plaza as David’s junkie friend, Lenny. Doing a bit of a 180 for Plaza, Lenny is an eternal optimist who—despite years of drug sand alcohol abuse—just knows her luck is going to change and her life’s about to turn around. As one would expect from a Plaza role, however, Lenny is still described as having a “rough demeanor.”
Rounding out the already stacked cast is the indomitable Jean Smart. In addition to her recent work on Fargo, Smart has had an impressive career working on projects such as Youth in Revolt, Getting On, 24, Frasier, The Oblongs, and so, so much more. She is slated to play Melanie, a nurturing but “demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods.”
For those who are not aware, Legion is based off the Marvel X-men franchise that focuses on David, the son of Charles Xavier.