Amber Midthunder & Jeremie Harris Join the Cast of Legion, FX’s X-Men TV Spin-Off
Amber Midthunder, who has previously appeared on the TV show Banshee, just landed a role in FX’s X-Men spin-off TV movie, Legion. Jeremie Harris of A Walk Among the Tombstones and Blue Bloods has also recently joined the cast.
Both of the actors will play new characters that haven’t appeared before in Marvel canon — nor have any of the other characters announced thus far, aside from Dan Stevens, who will play a character based on Legion (hence the show title). According to Deadline, Amber Midthunder’s character, Kerry, is “a woman of action with a childlike sense of wonder. A true savant, Kerry has lived a sheltered, but never dull life.” THR reports that Jeremie Harris’ character, named Ptonomy, is “an outsider by nature, stand-offish and sardonic, who is a former child prodigy who feels trapped in the past.”
Because none of these characters sound familiar to Marvel fans, some have speculated that they all might be products of Legion’s mind. That certainly squares with Deadline’s description of the show:
Legion introduces the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), based on the Marvel comics character Legion, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. A haunted man, David is getting tired of finding his way back to sanity and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams, a fellow patient, and is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.
No word yet on who’ll be playing “the girl of [David’s] dreams” — but it could be Rachel Heller, who was described as “the female lead” at the time of her casting. So far, Legion has announced a predominantly female cast, including Rachel Heller, Amber Midthunder, Aubrey Plaza (as Haller’s friend Lenny), and Jean Smart (as Haller’s therapist). Looks like it’s shaping up to be an impressive collection of talents!
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