Ever since Legion was announced, fans have been wondering whether we would see X-Men characters from the film pop up in the TV show, and now we have an answer. In an interview with Hitfix, Noah Hawley, Legion’s show runner, said the following:
“Yeah, it’s none of the iconic characters from the movie franchise. I think that’s a strength on some level, because those characters come with rules. It’s hard. You don’t want to be handcuffed, when you’re trying to explore something. The power of making something unpredictable is really an important thing to preserve.”
This is interesting to consider as Legion is the son of Professor X in the comics. The show will likely never mention Legion’s lineage, simply mention Professor X by name, or change Legion’s history entirely. Hawley added that the show will be completely a “standalone kind of thing,” and not really attached to any time period.
“It’s a little more of a fable in my mind. If you were to say, “Where is it, and when is it?,” it’s not exactly clear, I think. And a lot of it is because [David’s] not exactly clear. It’s the world as perceived subjectively on some level. The recent X-Men movies, starting with First Class, are rooted in a time period and a world and playing with history in interesting ways. This isn’t doing that.”
Legion stars Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, and Rachel Keller. It is expected to premiere sometime in early 2017.
Legion centers around David Haller (Stevens); 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.