FX has officially renewed Legion for a third season, before the second season has even finished airing.
The mind-bending X-Men spin-off, from creator and executive producer Noah Hawley, brings a fresh take on the Marvel universe, telling the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen.
Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, it stars Dan Stevens as David, who has spent his life shuffling from one psychiatric institution to the next, until, in his early 30s, he meets Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) and falls in love with a beautiful and troubled fellow patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). After Syd and David shared a startling encounter, he was forced to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. Syd led David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a demanding but nurturing therapist who heads a team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – each of whom possesses a unique and extraordinary gift. Together, they helped David to recognize and harness his hidden powers – and exposed the malevolent creature known as the Shadow King.
With Jemaine Clement, Navid Negahban and Hamish Linklater all joining the cast, Season 2 has seen the show continue to win over fans and critics, with FX ordering an additional 11th episode to follow the initial 10. Before the second run has reached its conclusion, though, FX has already announced that a third run is on its way in 2019.
The renewal announcement came via Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
“Legion has redefined the superhero drama and exceeded all expectations as the intensity and revelation build through the second season. We are incredibly proud of Noah Hawley’s achievement and are honored to continue the series as it pushes the boundaries of conventional television storytelling,” says Schrier. “We are also grateful for the contributions of our executive producers, John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Nathaniel Halperin, and Jeph Loeb with Marvel Television, as well as our outstanding cast and crew of this groundbreaking show.”
Never seen Legion? Season 1 and 2 are both on Sky Box Sets, or, if you don’t have Sky, as part of a £7.99 monthly Entertainment Pass on NOW TV. Season 2 is available until 26th July 2018. Read why you should catch up here.