Dan Stevens And Aubrey Plaza Join Marvel And FX’s LEGION

To say nothing of it’s stunning Jean Smart cred.

Last October, FX ordered a pilot for a new Marvel show called Legion from Fargo creator Noah Hawley. Now it’s filling that show with actors. Really cool actors.

According to Marvel.com, Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, and Jean Smart have joined the already-cast Rachel Keller as the show’s leads. The site even offers a handy breakdown of who each actor will play:

DAVID (Dan Stevens) - Diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age, David is a haunted man, 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.

LENNY (Aubrey Plaza) - David's friend, who despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, knows that any day now her life is gonna turn around, which gives Lenny the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.

MELANIE (Jean Smart) – A nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods.

SYD (Rachel Keller) – Self-sufficient and street smart, Syd uses her sharp and prickly demeanor to protect her soft core, because even though it makes her a sucker and puts her at risk, she still believes in happily ever after.

In the comics, Legion is a schizophrenic with hundreds of personalities, each with its own crazy superpower. It’s unclear if the show will stick to that premise or not. On the site they describe him a bit more TV-friendly:

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.

Regardless of the show’s premise, a lot of great pedigree is going into this it. Dan Stevens’ name alone offers a lot to anticipate. Hopefully Legion will be able to stand out among the 20,000 other comic book shows on TV right now.