FX Series ‘Y: The Last Man’ Cast Includes Diane Lane, Imogen Poots, Barry Keoghan
FX has announced it’s casting for their upcoming adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s comic book series ‘Y: The Last Man’ pilot, and it’s an impressive list of talent.
The story follows Yorick Brown, the last male human survivor of a planet-wide plague that simultaneously kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. The event not only kills the men, but causes disasters worldwide, such as cars crashing and plunging planes out of the sky as their male pilots drop dead, also killing millions of women and children across the globe.
As the planet descends into a post-apocalyptic nightmare, Yorick, accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.
Barry Keoghan is set to take the lead role of Yorick, described as “a young man quick to use humour to deflect from his problems, who may be the lone male survivor of a worldwide plague.” Keoghan recently starred as George in Christopher Nolan’s epic wartime movie ‘Dunkirk’, and Bart Layton’s heist movie ‘American Animals’. His previous tv work includes the Irish drama ‘Love/Hate’, and mini-series ‘Rebellion’.
Diane Lane plays 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.” Lane is no stranger to comic book adaptations having played Judge Hershey in the 1995 ‘Judge Dredd’ movie, and is currently playing Clark Kent’s mother, Martha Kent, in DC’s Cinematic Universe.
Imogen Poots takes the role of 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.” British actress Poots has starred in various tv and film projects including ’28 Weeks Later’, ‘Need for Speed’, and the tv series ‘Roadies’.
Lashana Lynch portrays the role of Agent 355, “a Secret Service agent who performs the duties of her job with the utmost professionalism — even under the most unexpected circumstances.” Lynch has been seen most recently as Arjana Pike in the Sky One series ‘Bulletproof’. She previously worked with ‘Bulletproof’ star, Noel Clarke, on his movie ‘Brotherhood’, and also starred in the tv show ‘Still Star-Crossed’ and is due to appear in Marvel’s upcoming ‘Captain Marvel’ movie.
Juliana Canfield will play 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.” Canfield is currently co-starring on HBO’s drama ‘Succession’, which comes to Sky Atlantic in August.
Lastly, Marin Ireland takes the role of Nora, “the president’s senior assistant and right hand. She effortlessly balances family life with a job navigating the corridors of power.” Ireland has a host of tv and film credits to her name, most notably playing Pauline Masters in ‘Masters of Sex’, Aileen Morgan in ‘Homeland’, and Julia Bowman in Amazon’s fantastic ‘Sneaky Pete’.
The show comes from ‘American Gods’ Michael Green, but had been on hold whilst he was tied up with the Amazon series. However, when Green quit ‘American Gods’ along with Bryan Fuller late last year, Amazon’s loss became FX’s gain, and they pushed ‘Y’ back into production. Green, who wrote the pilot, will serve as showrunner along with Aida Mashaka Croal (‘Luke Cage’, ‘Turn’). The duo will also exec produce alongside Brian K. Vaughan, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force (‘American Crime Story’, ‘Pose’).
The original ‘Y: The Last Man’ comic book series ran for 60 issues, picked up three Eisner Awards and the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, so they have some very solid material to work with!
‘Y: The Last Man’ is currently only a pilot, so may not go to series, but given the people behind this, we think it has a really good shot. We’ll bring you more as we get it.