The actors of Legion, Dan Stevens (David), Aubrey Plaza (Lenny), Rachel Keller (Syd), Jean Smart (Melanie), Bill Irwin (Cary), Jeremie Harris (Ptonomy), and Amber Midthunder (Kerry) attended San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the show. The cast was joined by the show’s creator Noah Hawley, producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeb. During the panel, some details were revealed.
Season 2 will consist of 10 episodes, two more episodes than season 1.
The Shadow King has been cast: Saïd Taghmaoui will portray Amahl Farouk, aka the Shadow King, who lived in David’s mind since he was a child. The character has been portrayed until now by Audrey Plaza’s Lenny, David’s interpretation of the parasite in his head.
Hawley’s comments about the Shadow King as the main villain in the show:
“They’re taking something that should be action and turning it into something so much more interesting. That always stuck with me: Xavier defeated this guy, went off and had a kid. It always seemed to me that it was an interesting thing we could build into where at first you think it’s Division 3 and it’s the plucky rebels against the empire. And as we’re getting ready to fight the empire, we see David’s memories and learn he’s not mentally ill. The real enemy was within him. I thought that was very subversive.”
He also talked about focusing on other characters’ back-stories, since David’s has already been well established:
“We know his story pretty well now, but we don’t know everybody’s story really well now, so I think there are other people we may see where they came from and how it brought them to this moment.”
What was also discussed is the matter of David’s identity now that’s he’s free of the Shadow King and how this will this work out in season 2:
“Now he has to face up to the fact that without that thing in him, he’s like everybody else — he has good ideas and impulses, bad ideas and impulses. It might be interesting to see his hubris: ‘I’m a hero, so everything I do is heroic.’
As to if there’s any hope to see Professor X on the show, Hawley expressed that they were working on the possibility. Dan Stevens talked about being on The Late Late Show with James Corden and asking Sir Patrick Stewart to reprise his role of Professor X and guest star on Legion, to which, Stewart said was up to.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter