Downton Actor Dan Stevens To Star As Legion In X-Men TV Spin-Off

Dan Stevens, who played Downton Abbey’s cousin Mathew until he was crushed by a car, has nabbed the lead role in Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley’s X-Men TV spin-off series Legion for FX.

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Stevens will play David, a mutant with multiple personality disorder, with each of his personalities having a different superpower. The official press blurb adds: “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.” In the comics he’s Charles Xavier’s son but the show’s makers have said it’s unlikely this will be referenced explicitly in the show (though the producers of Supergirl said that that show was unlikely it would cross over with Flash/Arrow, so who knows?)

(*We’re sure that in this day and age the show’s writers sensitively pick their way through the difference between schizophrenia and multiple personalities… hopefully.)

Stevens was on Downton for three seasons and since then has been building up his film career with roles in The Guest,  The Fifth Estate, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb and the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, in which he plays the Beast.

"Parks And Recreation" 100th Episode CelebrationJean SmartFX has also announced that Aubrey Plaza (Parks And Rec) and Jean Smart (Fargo) have joined the cast of Legion. Smart has been cast as Melanie, “a nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods.”

Aubrey Plaza joins as Lenny, 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 demeanour. They join the previously cast Rachel Keller as the “self-sufficient and street-smart” twentysomething Syd who uses a sharp and prickly exterior to protect her soft core.


 

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