"Legion" Producer Calls Series 'As Radically Different as "Deadpool"'

"Legion" producer Simon Kinberg is singing praises for the upcoming "X-Men"-based series, touting the work of showrunner Noah Hawley ("Fargo") and calling it 'as radically different as 'Deadpool.'"

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In an interview with Moviefone, Kinberg said of "Legion, "Noah [Hawley] is a genius -- he wrote and created and directed the pilot to 'Legion' -- and it is a very different sensibility than anything we've done with the 'X-Men' movies. Almost, I would say, as radically different as 'Deadpool' was from the mainline 'X-Men' movies."

"'Legion' is, again, in a different direction: really character-based, really granular in terms of getting inside the details of the characters," Kinberg added. "It stands as part of the 'X-Men' universe, but it stands apart from it as well."

The official description for the series reads: "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."

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"Legion" stars "Downton Abbey's" Dan Stevens as David Haller, the son of Charles Xavier and a man with mental illness and haunted by voices in his head. The series also stars Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Rachel Keller and Katie Aselton. Set to debut on the network in early 2017, production has begun in Vancouver.

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