Jon Hamm was recently added to the cast of the second season of the FX series Legion.
Noah Hawley, the showrunner, says Hamm’s role will involve narrating “educational segments” of the show, as his appearance will be only through voice acting. His sequences will be similar to that of the Discovery Channel, but “darker.” His presence will continue throughout the season.
Hamm was chosen for his recognizable baritone voice.
Hawley had this to say about the narrated segments being used to tell a story:
I didn’t then want to kick the issue of mental illness to the curb, and I started to think about the second season the story of a sane man in an insane world versus what we did in the first year…We throw around the world delusion or delusional a lot, and I thought, well let’s unpack that and really understand it.
He also said how the sequences have developed creatively for the show:
In the first script I wrote this sequence in which a narrator talks about a delusion being like any other idea, like an egg, and on screen you see these two eggs, and one of them hatches, and it’s a healthy idea so it’s just a little baby chick, and then the second idea hatches and it’s something more corrupted and monstrousy. And that felt like a way to really visualize something that might be more conceptual. And so those kinds of sequences just started finding their way into many of the episodes.
Hamm is currently interested in taking over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck and was reportedly added and then dropped from The New Mutants, a Fox film set to release next year.
Source: The Wrap
Legion airs Tuesday nights on FX at 10 PM.
Legion– David Haller is a troubled young man who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child. Shuffled from one psychiatric institution to the next, in his early 30s, David meets and falls in love with a beautiful and troubled fellow patient named Syd. After a startling encounter with her, he must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. Syd leads David to Melanie Bird, a demanding but nurturing therapist who heads a team of specialists — Ptonomy, Kerry, and Cary — each of whom possesses a unique and extraordinary gift. Together, they help David to recognize and harness his hidden abilities and unlock a deeply suppressed truth — he has been haunted his entire life by a malicious parasite of unimaginable power.