With production said to be gearing up next month, we’re getting more and more stars added to FX’s upcoming X-Men pilot from ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley titled ‘Legion’. Last month, we learned that ‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens would play the titular hero. Around the same time, we heard that Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, and Jean Smart would be joining him as well. A few lesser known names like Amber Midthunder and Jeremie Harris were among the latest to come on board, but now we’ve gotten word about another heavy hitter being drafted into this corner of the Marvel Universe.
According to Deadline, Katie Aselton is the newest addition to the cast of ‘Legion’. The actress is probably best known from her role as Jenny on FX’s hit fantasy football comedy ‘The League’, but she has racked up a pretty impressive resume outside of that. A frequent collaborator of the Duplass brothers, Aselton made her feature film debut in their 2005 film ‘The Puffy Chair’ before taking smaller roles in ‘Cyrus’, ‘Jeff Who Lives At Home’, and ‘Creep’. Additionally, she has appeared various other TV shows and movies including ‘Our Idiot Brother’ and ‘The Freebie’, the latter of which she also wrote and directed.
In terms of ‘Legion’, Aselton will play a character named Amy. All the report says about her is that Amy is a Type A sort of person. Beyond that, all we really know about the show is contained in this synopsis:
‘Legion’ introduces the story of David Haller, based on the Marvel comics character Legion, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. A haunted man, David is getting tired of finding his way back to sanity and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams, a fellow patient, and is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.
Like the other characters that have been announced so far, there is a chance that Amy could be based on someone that already exists in Marvel mythology. But until we find out for sure, what do you think about Katie Aselton joining the cast of the latest TV series from the House of Ideas? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.