It seems fair to say that Noah Hawley’s FX-tinged take on X-Men series Legion will prove a bit more … off … than what we’re used to, and the promos are certainly capturing that. Following that incredible first trailer, drool over some new footage previewed during FX’s Atlanta.

The brief spot that aired this past week offers a slightly unsanitary look at the new series, by way of Dan Stevens’ David Haller and Aubrey Plaza’s Lenny taking in the finer points of institution life. Plaza only featured briefly into initial footage, but definitely looks to be a scene-stealer, as does Rachel Keller in a second clip:

For those unaware, 2017's Legion follows the story of David Haller, a young mutant struggling with schizophrenia and psychiatric incarceration, who soon learns from a fellow patient that his voices and visions may in fact be real. Created for the New Mutants in 1985, the character is also noted as the son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller.

Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens will play David as a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but tired and about to give up until he meets the girl of his dreams. Aubrey Plaza, meanwhile, will play David’s alcoholic, drug-abusing friend Lenny, who “knows that any day now her life is going to turn around — which gives Lenny the likeable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.”

Fargo alum Jean Smart will play Melanie, “a nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods,” joining fellow Hawley favorite Rachel Keller as “Syd,” described as “Self-sufficient and street smart.” Syd uses her sharp and prickly demeanor to protect her soft core, because even though it makes her a sucker and puts her at risk, she still believes in happily ever after. Other cast members include Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin.

FX also specified the series was likely to feature all-new characters from the X-Men universe, independent of the movies’ continuity. Fargo showrunner Hawley wrote the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb.

We’ll keep up to speed on all things Legion, but what do we make of newest footage?

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