Bryan Singer has been well-known for his involvement with Fox’s take on the X-Men franchise, directing X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse, along with executive producing both of Fox’s shows Legion and The Gifted. But in a move that signals the end of an era, Singer has officially been removed as an executive producer on Legion as the show’s second season is prepared.
Deadline has reported that Singer was ousted from Legion as the show enters its new season following an accusation of rape from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman; Sanchez-Guzman claimed that Singer forced him to perform sexual acts at the age of 17. This allegation surfaced three days after Singer was publicly fired from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody following reports that production on the film was troubled and that he was absent for many days of the shoot without warning the production team in advance.
Allegations against Singer have haunted the director for quite some time, with one report notably surfacing before the premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past that the director later denied. However, regardless of whether or not there’s truth to the allegations, this is likely a decision made to minimize any future controversy in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. Singer is likely to be removed as producer on X-Men: Dark Phoenix as well, and is not expected to be credited for the second season of The Gifted.
Legion stars Dan Stevens as David Haller, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett, Jean Smart as Melanie Bird, Aubrey Plaza as Lenny Busker, Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk, Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk, Katie Aselton as Amy Haller, and Jemaine Clement as Oliver Bird. Here’s the official synopsis:
Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. 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. The pleasant numbness of 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 David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.
Legion Season 2 premieres this April on FX.