Alas, poor Yorick…if you only knew how difficult your life is about to come.
Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: THE LAST MAN was first published in 2002. And yet, if anything, the series feels fresher and more relevant than ever right now, which makes the news that FX has ordered a live-action series based on the acclaimed comic all that much more exciting. Entitled simply Y, the series will premiere on the network sometime in 2020.
Starring Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan as Yorick, Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male save for one lone human. Expect the show’s new world order of women to explore gender, race, class and survival.
Along with Keoghan, the series also stars Diane Lane as Yorick’s mother, U.S. Senator Jennifer Brown, and Imogen Poots, who plays Yorick’s sister Hero. They’ll be joined by Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) as Agent 355, plus Juliana Canfield (Succession) as Beth, Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete) as Nora and Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as Mariette Callows.
Y is co-created, written and executive produced by Michael Green (American Gods, Blade Runner 2049) and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage), who also will serve as co-showrunners on the series. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force (Crazy Rich Asians) and Brian K. Vaughan executive produce and developed the series. Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None) directs the pilot episode and also serves as executive producer.
“Brian and Pia’s exploration of a world without men is a favorite for its depth, its humor, its insights and its monkey,” Croal and Green said in a statement. “Adapted today it offers us a cracked mirror to look at our own very cracked world. We thank them for their trust—we thank FX for their support—and we thank the casting gods for letting us work with this incredible group of actors.”
“Y is our favorite comic book series ever and we are thrilled to FINALLY bring it to the screen,” added Jacobson and Simpson. “We are grateful that Brian entrusted it to us and FX, and can’t wait for the world to see Michael and Aïda’s adaptation.”
While 2020 is still a while away, you can whet your appetite with the first image from the series (above), which looks like it was ripped straight from the comic. And of course, if you’ve never read Y: The Last Man, now’s the perfect time to start. The entire Eisner-winning series is available as a collection of softcover deluxe editions in both print and digital.