Dan Stevens teleports back as marvel’s super-powerful mutant david haller
NEW SCI-FI Legion Tuesday, FOX HD, 9pm
WITH ITS MIND-BENDING storylines, psychedelic 1960s fashions and stunning visual effects, sci-fi drama Legion was the most dazzling sci-fi show to hit our screens last year.
Created by Fargo’s Noah Hawley, the first season followed David Haller (Dan Stevens) as he realised he had been misdiagnosed as schizophrenic all his life, and was in fact one of the most powerful mutants ever known – harbouring an array of untapped abilities, from telekinesis to pyrokinesis.
As the season signed off, David and girlfriend Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller) seemed to have agreed a truce with the mysterious anti-mutant government force known as Division III, while the Shadow King, the parasitic entity that had been controlling David’s mind, was finally forced out into another host.
However, David faced an uncertain future when he was
‘it’s a bold and strange show. People seem to like the weirdness’
miniaturised and trapped in a metal sphere that flew off to an unknown location.
As the second spellbinding season picks up one year on, we asked Stevens what’s in store…
WHAT HAS BEEN THE RESPONSE TO
THE SHOW? The most common response I’ve had is, “I’ve no idea what’s going on, but I’m loving it.” It’s a bold and strange show. People seem to like the weirdness. I wouldn’t watch a show that told me everything in hour one. There’s a lot going on and there’s something delicious about that journey.
WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT? We’ve gone from the rainforests of British Columbia to the arid Mojave Desert, so the show takes on a different turn. There’s a lot of darkness that’s coming with that. We learned that David was adopted and he is curious about his origins. If season one was about the battle with the enemy within, what happens now that a large part of that enemy has gone?
IN THE COMIC BOOKS, DAVID IS THE SON OF PROFESSOR X FROM THE X-MEN. ARE WE LIKELY TO MEET HIM ON THE SHOW? There are still many, many elements waiting to be explored. David’s origins are not at the forefront of his mind at the beginning of this new season, but it definitely comes into play as we move on. But it is an intriguing prospect.
DAVID SEEMS SO NICE. WHY ARE
PEOPLE TERRIFIED OF HIM? He is an Omega-level mutant and there are very few of those in the Marvel universe. He is extremely powerful and can either wreak total havoc or make a positive change in the world.
THE SHOW HAS HAD SOME WEIRD MUSICAL SCENES. WILL WE GET MORE
OF THOSE? My favourite scene in the first season was when we were dancing Bollywood-style, and there is more dancing involved this time. It just gets more and more playful. I love it.
YOU ARE STILL WELL-KNOWN FOR PLAYING MATTHEW CRAWLEY IN
Downton Abbey. DO YOU HAVE
A FAVOURITE ROLE? No, not really. I’ve enjoyed loads of them. Matthew in Downton Abbey was a great role, the Beast in Beauty
and the Beast was an amazing one, and David in Legion is a fun one. I’ve been very lucky.
RACHEL KELLER AS SYD BARRETT