” has always drawn inspiration not only from the Marvel
” comics on which it is based, but also from the weirder corners of pop culture. When creator Noah Hawley
cast “Downton Abbey
” star Dan Stevens
as the lead — David Haller
, a mutant whose telepathic powers have been misdiagnosed as mental illness — he gave the actor a playlist that included everything from experimental noise music to Pink Floyd
. Even more so than Hawley’s “Fargo
” has been driven by a visual aesthetic that reflects that range of influences.
As such, the choice of whom to bring aboard as production designer for the show’s third and final season, which premieres June 24, was an important one. Hawley turned to Marco Niro
, fresh from the first season of FX’s motorcycle-gang drama “Mayans M.C.
“He’s a man with a passionate soul,” says Hawley. “In the combination of his Italian heritage and Mexican heritage,