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He delighted in his movie outing The Guest, and on the long-running British TV show Downton Abbey, but now it looks like Dan Stevens is heading to the world of Marvel after being cast in the Legion TV series.
The Legion TV series will be a spin-off from the X-Men comics, and will produced by Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley. Aubrey Plaza and Jean Smart have also joined the cast with Rachel Keller, and shooting is expected to begin next month.
The Hollywood Reporter reports the Legion TV series casting news, and adds a little detail behind the character that Stevens will play.
David Haller, a man who may be more than human and who has struggled with mental illness since his teenage years. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. »
- Paul Heath
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Last month, FX's upcoming X-Men TV series Legion added its first cast member, with Fargo star Rachel Keller signing on as the female lead, although her character wasn't identified. Today we have word from Variety that three more cast members have been added, Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza and Jean Smart. The project reunites Jean Smart with Rachel Keller and Fargo series creator Noah Hawley.
Dan Stevens is portraying the lead character David Haller. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he's confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. While Rachel Keller's exact character has not been revealed, she is said to be, "a scrappy, optimistic woman in her 20s." This report reveals »
Production on the pilot is set to begin this March.
Stevens will star as David, a haunted man who was diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age, and he’s 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.
Plaza has been cast as David’s (Stevens) friend Lenny. Despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, she knows that any day now her life is gonna turn around, which gives her the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.
Smart will play Melanie, a nurturing, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
"The Guest" and "Downton Abbey" hunk Dan Stevens has scored the lead role in FX's "Legion," the upcoming TV series based on Marvel's "X-Men" spin-off comic and produced by "Fargo" showrunner Noah Hawley.
Stevens will play David, a haunted man diagnosed as a schizophrenic at a young age. Trying to find a way back to sanity and on the verge of suicide, he meets the girl of his dreams and soon discovers he may be more than human.
In the comics the character is Professor Charles Xavier's mutant son. It has previously been said the series will Not be connected to the "X-Men" universe of the films including May's "X-Men: Apocalypse".
Plaza will play his friend Lenny, a woman with a rough demeanor and a »
- Garth Franklin
Ryan Reynolds‘ “Deadpool” may not be as foul-mouthed as billed, because on-screen sweetheart Morena Baccarin is the who pops the dirty question in a new clip for the movie released by Twentieth Century Fox. In the scene, pre-Deadpool Wade Wilson works up the nerve to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage, only she beats him to the Big Question — and it’s not her hand she’s offering. The film also stars Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller and Brianna Hildebrand. It will be directed by Tim Miller and produced by Simon Kinberg, Reynolds and Lauren Shuler Donner. Also »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Jordan Burchette
Chinese censors are still considering whether to allow the import and release of U.S. superhero film “Deadpool.”
“We have not yet heard back formally from the Film Bureau,” a 20th Century Fox spokesman in Asia told Variety. “The film is under consideration still. It is an R-rated movie in the States and we know that can be challenging in China. There are some [import] exemptions for this category, but they are the exception, rather than the rule.”
Earlier this week Chinese and international media picked up on a local blog posting on Weibo [social media], and reported that the film had been banned in the world’s second-largest movie market due to violence, nudity and graphic language.
The social media posting appears to have been premature and has since been removed from the Internet.
China has no need to do anything as dramatic as banning foreign films. It operates a quota system »
- Patrick Frater and Dave McNary
Back in October, Marvel announced two new TV shows set in the X-Men universe, Fox's Hellfire and FX's Legion. We haven't heard too much about either show yet, but IGN is reporting that Legion will debut sometime in 2016 on FX. The series has already cast Rachel Keller as the female lead, with FX president John Landgraf revealing at the TCA winter tour that the show's development is moving along nicely. Here's what he had to say below.
"We're quite well along. We've had a writing staff working. We've seen not only the pilot but several episodes and we're well in process of casting. I would anticipate that Legion would go on the air some time in 2016, this year."
The pilot episode of Legion introduces the story of David Haller. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. »
With the announcement of Fox reviving the "24" franchise without Kiefer Sutherland in the upcoming "24: Legacy" event series, it was also revealed that many of the former producers from the action series are returning for the production.
Four of them - Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Patrick McKay and Jd Payne - were previously set to produce Fox's "X-Men" spinoff series "Hellfire". With them now shifting to "24," an entirely different creative team will have to come onboard and will be announced soon.
20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television still intend to produce the series about a young special agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as 'The Hellfire Club' – to take over the world.
- Garth Franklin
At the Fox portion of the winter TCA, the network gave updates on several projects, including the X-Men spinoff TV series, Hellfire Club. When asked how soon the show could premiere, Fox CEO Dana Walden said it's possible but unlikely the show debuts this year. "Unlikely it would be the fall. Potentially midseason but no immediate plans. We’re still working on Hellfire Club. Obviously those executive producers are very busy with the film franchise and the FX show, so not sure." Hellfire Club will be a period drama, set in the 1960s. The series will be jointly produced by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Television. Serving as executive producers are Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Patrick McKay and Jd Payne are writing the script from a story first concieved by Katz and Coto. The Hellfire Club superhero drama »
X-Men: Apocalypse is officially confirmed to not only wrap up the trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class in 2011 and continued on in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, but also the entire franchise as we know it, under the guiding hand of producer Bryan Singer, who has directed four of the seven live-action movies. This is happening just as 20th Century Fox plans to broaden its own version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And one of the ways they plan to do that is with two more comic-book based franchises, The New Mutants and X-Force. But really, what will be different about these incoming chapters of what is essentially the same saga?
We're not sure how X-Force will deviate off the path laid out by the previous X-Men movies. But we now know that The New Mutants will be aimed at a younger audience. Speaking with Empire magazine, producer Simon Kinberg, »
"Fargo" actress Rachel Keller has been cast in the female lead for FX and Marvel TV's X-Men universe series, "Legion", which centers on David Haller, the son of X-Men founder, Professor Charles Xavier.
In the series, David has always struggled with mental illness ever since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After a brief encounter with another patient at a mental hospital, David believes that the voices and visions on his head are actually real.
"Fargo" creator Noah Hawley wrote the script for the pilot and also serves as executive producer with "X-Men" director Bryan Singer, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, writer/producer Simon Kinberg, and Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory, John Cameron and Steve Blackman.
Source: Deadline »
- J.B. Casas
23-year-old "Fargo" breakout star Rachel Keller has been cast as the female lead in "Legion," the X-Men universe-set pilot from "Fargo" creator Noah Hawley, filmmaker Bryan Singer, Marvel TV and FX Prods.
Keller's femme fatale Simone Gerhardt in the second season of the anthology drama was her first major role and left such an impression Hawley and FX decided to cast her in her first leading role.
The story follows David Haller, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier who - since he was a teenager - has struggled with mental illness. After strange encounter with a fellow patient, he's confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.
Keller will play a scrappy, optimistic woman in her twenties, but details about her potential powers are unclear though are rumored to be tied to human touch (ala Rogue, Spyke).
Hawley wrote the »
- Garth Franklin
Back in October, we reported that FX has issued a pilot order for a new X-Men TV series entitled Legion. Fargo creator Noah Hawley is set to write the pilot script for Legion, with the writer confirming shortly after the show was announced that it will stand alone from the massive X-Men movie universe. Today, Deadline reports that the first cast member has signed on, with Fargo actress Rachel Keller set to play the female lead.
Rachel Keller is best known for playing Simone Gerhardt in Season 2 of Fargo. She impressed Noah Hawley and FX executives so much in that show that they gave the actress her first leading role in Legion. The actress has previously appeared in the 2014 indie feature Hollidaysburg, along with guest starring spots on The Mentalist and Supernatural last year.
Thanks to Deadline, we have our first piece of casting news for FX’s upcoming X-Men spinoff show, Legion. According to them, Rachel Keller will rejoin Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley for the series, which will focus on troubled mutant David Haller. Keller will play the female lead but her character’s identity remains under wraps – though we do have some hints to go on.
The character is described as “a scrappy, optimistic woman in her 20s,” and will most likely manifest mutant abilities that are “tied to human touch.” This suggests that she’ll have similar powers to the likes of the X-Men‘s Rogue, or Spyke.
Along with the report, we seem to have gotten our first brief synopsis for the show, which you can check out below.
Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David Haller has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, »
- Mark Cassidy
Fargo star Rachel Keller has signed on to appear in Legion, the upcoming X-Men series from FX and Marvel, Deadline is reporting. Keller will play the female lead, “a scrappy, optimistic woman in her 20s.”
Legion – which is one of two X-Men series in development, the other being Hellfire – has been written by Noah Hawley (Fargo), who also executive produces with X-Men producers Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, John Cameron and Steve Blackman.
The series is based on the comic book character Legion, the son of Charles Xavier, who has spent his time in and out of various psychiatric hospitals having been diagnosed as schizophrenic, but comes to believe the voices and visions in his head may be real.
- Gary Collinson
Deadline reports that Fargo season 2 standout Rachel Keller will rejoin showrunner Noah Hawley for his X-Men spin-off, Legion. The main character will of course be troubled mutant David Haller, but Keller has been cast as the mysterious female lead. All we have to go on is that she's "a scrappy, optimistic woman in her 20s," and will demonstrate powers that are "tied to human touch", much like X-Men mainstay, Rogue. Any ideas? Hawley wrote the pilot and will also executive produce with Bryan Singer, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, writer/producer Simon Kinberg and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. We also have our first synopsis (of a sort) for Legion below. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David Haller has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. »
17 items from 2016
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