Saïd Taghmaoui Will be the Shadow King in Legion, Season 2
During their Hall-H panel Thursday night at San Diego Comic-Con, FX announced that Saïd Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman) joined the cast of Legion for Season 2. His role? The one and only Shadow King! One can safely assume that Taghmaoui will represent the Shadow King’s true/original form — as opposed to the Yellow Eyed Monster, The World’s Angriest Boy in the World, and Aubrey Plaza’s Lenny.
Taghmaoui’s Shadow King was described as 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.”
So, basically, he’s the devil. Got it.
Noah Hawley will continue as the show’s executive producer, and will be joined by Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. Season 2 will have 10 episodes when it returns — two up from Season 1’s eight.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change.
David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which he must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees are the result of him being a mutant.
Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.
To catch up on Season 1 of Legion, check out our reviews in which we break down, or rather, try to wade through each trippy, cerebral, acid-induced episode!