In July, following the success of Wonder Woman at the box office, it was revealed that actor Saïd Taghmaoui had joined the cast of FX's Legion in its second season as none other than Amahl Farouk, otherwise known as the Shadow King. A new report states that Taghmaoui has since been forced to leave the project, leaving the role open to be recast.
According to Variety, Taghmaoui has officially exited the project after filming kicked off on the second season back in September. It's unknown how much footage the actor had filmed prior to his exit, or who will take on the role going forward. The actor appears to have first announced his departure from the series over Twitter, while simultaneously teasing that a "big surprise" was coming soon.
Finally I’m not going to be in Legion— Said Taghmaoui (@SaidTaghmaoui) November 25, 2017
but a big surprise coming soon
Though Taghmaoui was set to portray the Shadow King, the character had already made various appearances throughout the first season of Legion, using various names and faces, such as Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) and Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement) who went on to become the new host of the Shadow King by the end of Season 1. Taghmaoui best known for his role as Sameer in this summer's Wonder Woman and has previously appeared in shows such as Touch and The Missing.
Starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Katie Aselton, Jeremie Harris, Bill Irwin, Rachel Keller and Amber Midthunder, Legion will return for its planned 10-episode second season in early 2018.