UL­TI­MATE force

Dan Stevens tele­ports back as marvel’s su­per-pow­er­ful mu­tant david haller

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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’

DAN STEVENS

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

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