Legion Dan Stevens Cast

Legion: Dan Stevens to Play Charles Xavier's Son; Aubrey Plaza Also Cast

Matthew Crawley lives!

Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) has booked his first major TV gig since departing the PBS drama: a leading role on FX’s upcoming Marvel series Legion.

Legion follows David Haller (Stevens), the schizophrenic son of X-Men head Charles Xavier. Confined to a mental institution for much of his life, David finally finds a source of hope in a fellow patient, who leads him to believe that the “crazy” visions he’s been experiencing might actually be real.

Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) will also star as David’s friend Lenny, an optimistic sidekick despite being a big-time abuser of drugs and alcohol.

Additionally, Jean Smart (Fargo) will co-star as Melanie, a “nurturing, demanding” therapist.

Production on Legion begins next month. Your thoughts on these first castings? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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24 Comments
  1. Joe R says:

    AWESOME CAST! Now my hopes are getting high.

  2. Bill Mickels says:

    Noah Hawley needs to not be involved in this.

  3. atxnole says:

    Great cast.. curious if I’ll feel Marvel fatigue when this comes out though. Talk about spreading their wild oats though — a Marvel show for every network!

  4. Lauren says:

    What!? He was my Danny Rand.

  5. Ann Wang says:

    Fabulous. Perfect casting. I can’t wait to see the show.

  6. Virginia says:

    I am so annoyed with him for leaving Downton that I vowed to boycott him in any further career moves.

  7. Curt says:

    What a cast! I’m in just for them

  8. Timothy Baxter says:

    I look forward to seeing Dan Stevens on TV ounce again. In a very different kind of role. David Haller will be going through some rel changes. Legion should be an interesting show to see!

  9. Love them both, especially Dan, but premise sounds a little iffy.

  10. Philip says:

    Could these characters or any from the Daredevil/Jessica Jones Franchise ever appear in any of the big Marvel movies if need be or would the directors have to cast new actors?

    • N says:

      i mean its in the same universe so i dont see why they would recast them but i doubt they will ever be in the movies. probably just get name dropped at most

    • Erik says:

      The Netflix characters could. The fx ones no as they are part of 20 century fox’s xmen franchise

  11. Joey Padron says:

    Great casting. Excited to see the show!

  12. dan says:

    Aubrey Plaza in an X-Men show. I’m in.

  13. Lukam says:

    he looks so thin in the photo!

  14. militantgod says:

    Stevens should be the next James Bond. He was amazing in The Guest. I must say, I’m kinda shocked he’s going back to TV. What a casting coup for Noah Hawley. Guy can do no wrong.

  15. sweetspot444 says:

    What a cast! What a show! I hope the showrunner and script writer don’t miss up the pilot with a lot of PC boloney..

  16. ? says:

    Can’t wait for him to leave after three years in the middle of a gripping storyline after the show becomes a huge success.