Update (07/12/18) – Casting Has Begun on Y: The Last Man!
Following the announcement below of plans to bring Michael Green’s Y – based on the hit Vertigo series Y: The Last Man – to FX, news followed quickly of the assembled cast, which features most of our main leads. The announcement also came with our first series synopsis and descriptions of the characters which you can check out below:
“Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male mammal save for one lone human. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival.”
Barry Keoghan as Yorick Brown
Last Seen: Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Keoghan will take on the lead role of Yorick, a young man quick to use humor to deflect from his problems, who may be the lone male survivor of a worldwide plague.
Imogen Poots as Hero Brown
Last Seen: I Kill Giants, Green Room
Poots will play Hero Brown, Yorick’s sister, a tough and confident EMT who nurses a deep emotional trauma that often leads her to cross personal and professional lines.
Lashana Lynch as Agent 355
Last Seen: Bulletproof, Captain Marvel (2019)
Lynch will portray Agent 355, a Secret Service agent who performs the duties of her job with the utmost professionalism — even under the most unexpected circumstances.
Juliana Canfield as Beth
Last Seen: Succession, Plain Fiction
Canfield will take on the role of Beth, a Brooklyn-based knife maker who grew up on a farm and went to New York to experience the big city. She finds something endearing about the hapless Yorick and when they’re together, there’s the undeniable spark of two kids in love.
Diane Lane as Senator Jennifer Brown
Last Seen: House of Cards, Justice League
Lane will play Senator Jennifer Brown, a junior congresswoman in her first term who has already made a name for herself in political circles for her willingness to put personal ideals above politics. She is also the mother of Yorick.
Marin Ireland as Presidential Aide Nora
Last Seen: Hell or High Water, Sneaky Pete
Ireland rounds out the cast as Nora, the president’s senior assistant and right hand. She effortlessly balances family life with a job navigating the corridors of power.
You can check out everything else we know about the upcoming Y: The Last Man adaptation below:
FX has ordered a pilot for Michael Green’s Y, based on Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s hit Vertigo series. An adaptation has been in the works in one form or another for the last 10 years, with the most recent iteration teaming former American Gods showrunners Bryan Fuller with Green. Following their departure from that Neil Gaiman series, it was up in the air which project of theirs would come together first, and we really couldn’t be happier that for Green, it will be Y.
Green will serve as co-showrunner the pilot along with Aida Mashaka Croal, who worked on Luke Cage and Turn. Brian K. Vaughan, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force all worked on bringing the adaptation to FX Productions, and will all serve as executive producers for the pilot, which will be directed by Melina Matsoukas.
Y: The Last Man is the Hugo and Eisner-award winning series from Vaughn and Guerra (with Goran Sudžuka and Paul Chadwick) from Vertigo Comics, which ran for 60-issues from 2002-2008. It told the tale of Yorick Brown, a twentysomething escape artist with a pet monkey who is the sole survivor of a plague that wipes out the entire male population, leaving a world full of women. Yorick travels the US, and then the world hoping to find his missing girlfriend, answers to the plague, and hope for the future in this new female-led world.
The series explored many issues across various countries and has been in development for so long due to the sheer size and scope of the story. Y is definitely going to be a crazy ride, FX is probably the best place for it, and this couldn’t be a better time for the adaptation to finally hit the ground running. The series will break new barriers for a production of this size, and with a primarily female cast – like, 99.9% – we can expect a number of great female actors, directors, and writers to play a huge part in bringing the tale of Yorick and Y: The Last Man to the small screen.
While this is only a pilot order at this time, you can keep it locked to GEEK for more news on the cast as it develops, and whether or not we’ll see FX push this series past the pilot stage.
Images: Vertigo Comics, A24, SkyOne, Sulde Productions, Amazon Video, Warner Bros.