Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic comic-book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra that follows Yorick brown and his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand, the only males who survived a global pandemic that killed every living mammal with a Y chromosome. Some form of film or TV adaptation of the series has been in various stages of development for over a decade, but at long last, production on a Y: The Last Man TV series has begun… right in the middle of a real-life global pandemic. That’s fun.
FX Entertainment announced today that production on Y: The Last Man officially kicked off this week in Toronto. In keeping with the theme of the comics, the production has a “significant number of female department heads, including both DPs, the production designer, costume designer, casting director, editors, stunt coordinator, and more.” Additionally, the first two episodes were written by Eliza Clark and directed by Louise Friedberg and all of the episodes of the first season will be directed by women. Y: The Last Man stars Ben Schnetzer as Yorick Brown, Diane Lane as Congresswoman Jennifer Brown, Amber Tamblyn as Kimberly Cunningham, Marin Ireland as Nora Brady, Diana Bang as Dr. Allison Mann, Elliot Fletcher as Sam Jordan, and Juliana Canfield as Beth Deville. There are also two new additions to the cast with Ashley Romans playing Agent 355 and Olivia Thirlby playing Hero Brown, replacing originally cast Lashana Lynch and Imogen Poots, respectively. The series will follow the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.
If you recall, this is not the first time that Y: The Last Man has kicked off production as a pilot was produced two years ago with ETERNALS actor Barry Keoghan playing Yorick. Although FX handed out a series order following production on the pilot, original showrunners Michael Green and Aida Mashaka Croal exited the project due to creative differences, followed months later by Keoghan. Here’s hoping that they have better luck this time around.