FOX channels outside the U.S. have picked up worldwide rights to the FX Productions and Marvel Television series Legion. The series, created by Noah Hawley and set in the universe of Marvel’s X-Men franchise, is slated for an early 2017 premiere in more than 125 countries including the UK, and in the U.S. where it will premiere on FX Networks.

Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice said: “Legion brings the X-Men universe to life, as a character driven, serialized TV show, in a truly amazing new way, and we’re pleased that X-Men fans will have the opportunity to see it simultaneously in the 125 countries where FOX is available.”

“FX is thrilled to collaborate with our international partners to bring Legion to audiences worldwide and the day-and-date delivery will make this a truly global event,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “With the universal appeal of the X-Men franchise, fans will be amazed with the artistry and ambition that Noah Hawley and this extraordinary cast have brought to Legion.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Fox Networks Group to launch Legion to a massive global audience,” said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. “In our storytelling, it is imperative to us that we’re creating characters and a universe that resonates with people around the world and we are so proud to introduce this cast of characters to fans everywhere.”

Legion will introduce audiences to David Haller, who has struggled with mental illness since he was a teenager. After a strange encounter with a fellow patient from a psychiatric hospital, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

FX president John Landgraf has confirmed that the series will not be a part of the X-Men movie continuity.

“It’s not in the continuity of those films in the sense the current X-Men films take place in a universe in which everybody on planet Earth is aware of the existence of mutants. The series Legion takes place in a parallel universe, if you will, in which the US government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn’t foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes.” he said at TCA. Dan-Stevens

Dan Stevens (pictured above), Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza , Jeremie Harris , Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin will star in Legion.

Noah Hawley will serve as an Executive Producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer , Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the Executive Producers of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning FX limited series Fargo.

Production on the eight-episode first season will begin this summer in Vancouver and the new series from FX Productions and Marvel Television will debut globally in early 2017.