FX brought their upcoming X-Men TV series Legion to New York Comic Con with a Q&A panel earlier today. Series creator Noah Hawley and executive producers Laura Shuler Donner and Jeph Loeb were joined by stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin to discuss the new series. Noah Hawley used the panel appearance to announce yet another new cast member, Jemaine Clement.
Deadline reports that Noah Hawley made the announcement on the stage, and through social media, sending out a photo of Jemaine Clement on Instagram and Twitter with the caption "Expect the unexpected." It wasn't revealed what character he will play, but Deadline's report claims that he will have a multi-episode arc in the show. While creator Noah Hawley wouldn't offer details on this new character, he did offer some insight into the story as a whole
"We live in a very tumultuous times, things are polarizing and there is a lot of intolerance. This isn't about battling the enemy but dealing with the enemy within."
Noah Hawley added that he wants the show to feel like a "1964 Terrence Stamp movie. Legion introduces the story of David Haller: 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.
Noah Hawley (Fargo) will serve as an Executive Producer of the X-Men TV series along with Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Superman Returns), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Martian), Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones), Jim Chory (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones) and John Cameron (Fargo, The Big Lebowski). Legion will be produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production. Take a look at the first photo of Dan Stevens in Noah Hawley's tweet and Instagram photo from Legion, which will debut sometime in 2017 on FX.