Skip to main content

'Legion' season 2 adds 'Wonder Woman' scene-stealer Saïd Taghmaoui in a major role

fx legion season two said taghmaoui
Image used with permission by copyright holder
As expected, the news out of Comic-Con International has been fast and furious and the latest scoop concerns FX’s wildly original and visually spectacular superhero drama, Legion. The show stars Dan Stevens as David Haller, a schizophrenic young mutant with powerful psychic abilities, the eccentric cast of characters that surrounds him is just as entertaining.

As reported by ComingSoon, that cast will soon have a new member. FX has announced that Saïd Taghmaoui is set to join the show (Beware: Major season 1 spoilers on the way!), as Amahl Farouk: The true form of the Shadow King. As fans who made their way through the first season will know, the villain has taken several forms thus far, including “the Devil with the Yellow Eyes” and Haller’s friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza).

Recently, Taghmaoui starred as the quick-thinking slickster Sameer in Wonder Woman and the actor has also appeared in films like American Hustle and Three Kings. Here is what the network had to say about the character he will portray in Legion:

“… [a] villain with a thousand faces. In his real form, he is always nattily dressed. Dapper with a thin Clark Gable style mustache. His eyes forever hidden behind a pair of ornate sunglasses. He was hip long before there was such an idea. He can seductively hold court on any topic and in any language, but his true passion lies in the singular timeless notion of power and amassing as much of it as possible…It is rumored he is the spawn of the first nightmare, which is fitting because fear is his weapon of choice in exposing weakness in others. To Farouk, fear equals weakness and he fears nothing. Which is why he takes such delight in seeing others squirm — a reminder he is more powerful than them.”

For the uninitiated, Legion is based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz and has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike for its unique take on the superhero genre — think X-Men directed by Stanley Kubrick. Apart from those mentioned above, the series stars Rachel Keller (Syd Barrett), Bill Irwin (Cary Loudermilk), and Jeremie Harris (Ptonomy Wallace).

Season 2 of Legion is expected to be 10 episodes long and has yet to set a premiere date. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.

Editors' Recommendations

Adam Poltrack
Adam is an A/V News Writer for Digital Trends, and is responsible for bringing you the latest advances in A/V…
Apex Legends Season 2 launch falls flat, fails to rack up Twitch viewership
apex legends season 2 launch falls flat

Season 2 of Apex Legends was supposed to take the multiplayer battle royale shooter to greater heights — but so far has failed to meet expectations as a worthy competitor to Fortnite.

Season 2, which launched on July 2 and is named Battle Charge, altered the Kings Canyon map with the destructive arrival of Leviathans and Flyers. The new season also introduced a new character in the defense-focused Wattson, alongside an improved Battle Pass with more legendary items and new content types, the L-STAR energy-based light machine gun, and Ranked Leagues.

Read more
10 biggest sci-fi hits of all time, ranked by adjusted box-office gross
C-3PO, R2-D2, Luke, and Leia staring out at space in "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back."

Thanks to Box Office Mojo, fans can see exactly how their favorite movies' box office numbers translate to the current dollar value. Since some of the most notable sci-fi movies came out decades ago, their listed gross numbers can be a bit misleading. For example, George Lucas' landmark achievement Star Wars was released in 1977. Due to inflation since then, the buying power of $1 in 1977 is equal to about $5.25 in 2023. That's a significant difference!

The biggest domestic sci-fi hits of all time when adjusted by box-office gross reveal how a few franchises have a viselike hold on the genre. Here are the top 10 sci-fi hits of all time when adjusted for inflation based on the 2022 ticket price.
10. Ghostbusters (1984): $667,872,049

Read more
Best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Max (HBO), and more
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.

As the weather cools down and theaters empty of the summertime crowds, the best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Max (HBO), and more are worth your attention. Fortunately, we follow the calendar closely, adding all of the best new arrivals to this roundup for your convenience. You'll always have something new to watch.

September has been packed with quality additions, and this week Netflix and Apple TV+ join in the fun.
We also have guides to the best movies on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime Video, and the best movies on HBO.

Read more