New Marvel show 'Legion' starring St. Paul actor starts Wednesday

After bursting onto the scene in Fargo, Rachel Keller's next big role starts tonight.
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Rachel Keller (right) with co-star Dan Stevens (left), showrunner Nick Hawley and FX programming president Nick Grad.

Rachel Keller (right) with co-star Dan Stevens (left), showrunner Nick Hawley and FX programming president Nick Grad.

A face familiar to some Minnesotans will grace the small screen on Wednesday, when new Marvel superhero series Legion gets its debut on FX.

St. Paulite Rachel Keller, whom you might recognize from season two of Fargo, has an important role in the new drama, which centers on troubled psychiatric patient David Haller, played by Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens.

The institutionalized and possible mutant Haller hears voices and sees visions, and beneath the surface lie dormant superpowers waiting to be unleashed.

Step forward the beautiful and similarly troubled Syd Barrett (yes, named after the founding member of Pink Floyd), played by Keller, who according to IMDB upends Haller's routine as the pair are "inexplicably drawn to one another."

It's the second big role for Keller after getting her big break with Fargo in 2015 when she was cast while working three jobs in Los Angeles. She is described as "Hollywood's next big thing" by the Hollywood Reporter this week.

And if you're thinking, "oh no, not another superhero movie/series," this one is still worth checking out, mainly because it's not your typical superhero story.

Set in the X-Men universe, USA Today says it's "unlike any comic-book series TV has ever offered," and the reason is that it's not just about superpowers, but the toll those powers take on those wielding them and affected by them.

Polygon also gives praise to the series for its portrayal of mental illness, likening the show to a "funhouse" that creates a reality that's difficult to navigate, and even in moments of quirky humor it remains "one of the most tense shows on television."

The show premieres Wednesday night at 9 p.m. central on FX. Here's a look at the trailer.

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