San Diego’s Comic-Con is in full swing, and one of the shows we’ve been anxiously waiting to hear about is FX’s Legion — quite simply one of the best series on television (along with Noah Hawley’s other incredible FX show). The über-stylish take on mutant David Haller and his insane, not-so-insane world thrilled through every second of its eight short episodes, so the news that Season 2 will be upped to ten is indeed welcome.
Joining Hawley on the Legion panel were stars, Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris and Amber Midthunder — what, no Jemaine Clement?!!
— along with the series producers, including Jeph Loeb, who once upon a time worked on a little show called Lost … which may explain the connection to Legion‘s newest cast member, Saïd Taghmaoui.
Wonder Woman‘s Sameer, and Lost‘s Caesar, who btw has been nominated for a César (French equivalent of the Oscar), will join Season 2 as the fabled Shadow King aka Amahl Farouk, ***SPOILERS for Season 1*** thus far seen as a monstrous creation in David’s mind and Lenny’s (Aubrey Plaza) body … that is until the first season finale, which left David floating off in a tiny orb. Hawley noted there will be “trio” going, between Plaza, Clement and Taghmaoui. ***End Season 1 Spoilers***
As for more specific information, like whether David’s father (Charles Xavier/Professor X) — “I like to call him Pops” (Stevens) will eventually appear on the show, Hawley wouldn’t say more than that they’re working on it, but it does sound like the door is open to asking either Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy. “It depends on who would do it. If we reach that part of the story, is it funnier if it’s the young or the old one? It could be great if you’re older than your dad.” There’ll also be a deeper exploration of the core characters, rather than more of David’s childhood. Of the Syd and David romance, he said, “This is an epic love story between two people who can’t physically be together. If season one was the honeymoon, in season two we’re going to explore how this actually works.”
Finally, in related news at the panel’s end, Hawley announced he’ll be doing a Marvel movie for Fox; Doctor Doom.
Legion returns to FX sometime in 2018.