FX has officially given Legion starring Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast) a second season order. The renewal for season two wasn’t really a surprise as the sci-fi series set in the world of X-Men ranks as one of 2017’s most-watched new cable dramas. In addition to Stevens, the Legion cast includes Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Katie Aselton, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, and Bill Irwin. The critically acclaimed series was created by Noah Hawley (Fargo) who executive produces along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory, and John Cameron.
Season two will premiere in 2018. Season one is currently airing on Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT.
“The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.”
“We are thrilled there will be a new season of Legion. Noah’s spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more. We’re particularly proud of our partners at FX and the success we share on our first TV series together,” added Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb.
The Legion Season 1 Plot: Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.
A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Harris), Kerry (Midthunder) and Cary (Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.