Legion (2010) is a fairly low-budget film with a limited cast. There are a couple of actors who were established at the time, but some have gone on to bigger and better projects. Scott Stewart makes his directorial debut having also written the film.
Scott Stewart started his career in visual effects, becoming a senior staffer at The Orphanage. He operated the visual effects for blockbuster hits such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), and Iron Man (2008).
In 2010, he made his directorial debut with Legion, for which he is also credited as the writer and executive producer. After Legion, Stewart went on to direct action-horror movie Priest (2011), which also starred Paul Bettany.
Despite the lack of critical acclaim for Legion, Syfy ordered a pilot episode of a television series loosely based on the Scott Stewart movie in 2013. Stewart directed the pilot episode of Dominion and served as the executive producer for the series. Dominion was canceled after its second season.
Following his first movie credit as a producer on Two Idiots in Hollywood (1988), David Lancaster produced the likes of Loving Jezebel (1999), Lone Hero (2002), and Blast (2004) before being named Bold Films’ co-president in 2006.
Lancaster continued to be involved with movies, including Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008), The Hole (2009), Legion (2010), and Evidence (2013), but didn’t find his name attached to a highly-rated or critically acclaimed movie until he split from Bold Film to create Rumble Films in 2014.
As a producer for Whiplash (2014), David Lancaster and his fellow producers of the movie earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Paul Bettany plays the role of the angel Michael in Legion. Having renounced his commitment to God by cutting off his wings, Bettany seeks to protect a chosen baby which can stop God’s intent on purging the earth of humans.
After making his film debut with a small part in Bent (1997), which also starred Sir Ian McKellen, Clive Owen, and Jude Law, Paul Bettany continued to find work on stage and in television shows in his native Great Britain. He had to wait until the new millennium for his first leading role, which came in the form of Gangster No. 1 (2000).
This was followed by a big 2001 in which he had memorable roles in A Knight’s Tale (2001) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He went on to star in The Reckoning (2003), Wimbledon (2004), Firewall (2006), and Inkheart (2008). In Creation (2009), Bettany starred as Charles Darwin opposite his real-life wife, Jennifer Connelly. In Legion (2010) and Priest (2011), Bettany took on leading roles in Scott Stewart horror films.
Paul Bettany has also lent his voice to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of J.A.R.V.I.S. in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), and Iron Man 3 (2013).
In 2013, a producer told Bettany that he’d never work in Hollywood again, per Business Insider. But, minutes later, director Joss Whedon asked the English actor if he’s like to take up the role of Vision in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Since then, Bettany has been in Legend (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Journey’s End (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), and the fourth Avengers movie (2019).
Son of diner owner Bob Hanson (Dennis Quaid), Lucas Black’s character, Jeep, find himself trying to convince his girlfriend (Adrianne Palicki), who is pregnant with someone else’s baby, that he can care for her and the child. Through the events of the film, he proves to himself that he can be the protector of this special baby.
Black’s best-known early role came from television series American Gothic (1995-96) before he landed big parts in Sling Blade (1996), Flash (1997), Friday Night Lights (2004), Jarhead (2005), and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). After Legion (2010), Black landed a leading role in Seven Days in Utopia (2011) as well as a smaller part in 42 (2013), in which he played Pee Wee Reese.
Used very sparingly before a rumble at the end of the film, Kevin Durand plays the part of the angel Gabriel, who seeks to enforce God’s will of killing all humans. Knowing that Michael is going to attempt to change God’s mind by presenting a special baby, Durand eventually takes it upon himself to kill the baby and Michael.
Kevin Durand has enjoyed a long an expansive career which includes credits on over 30 television shows, which include Dark Angel (2000-02), Lost (2004-10), and The Strain (2014-17), as well as over 30 movies. Prior to Legion (2010), he was The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), played a major role in The Echo (2008), and also appeared in Mystery, Alaska (1999), The Butterfly Effect (2004), Smokin’ Aces (2007), and 3:10 to Yuma (2007).