The post-apocalyptic world of FX‘s adaptation of Y: The Last Man just grew dramatically, with Diane Lane (Justice League) and five additional actors tapped for key roles in the pilot. Based on Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra‘s post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, FX’s Y (the pilot’s official title) also stars Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), Imogen Poots (Green Room) Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Juliana Canfield (Succession) and Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete). Michael Green (American Gods) and Luke Cage‘s Aida Mashaka Croal serve as co-showrunners and executive produce alongside Vaughn, Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson; and Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None), who also directs the pilot for FX Productions.
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; and here’s a look at the character breakdowns for the pilot:
● Lane’s Senator Jennifer Brown is a first-term Junior Senator who’s 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 and Hero Brown.
● Keoghan’ Yorick Brown is a young man who uses humor to deflect from his problems – and who may be the lone male survivor of a worldwide plague.
● Poots’s Hero Brown is a tough and confident EMT who nurses a deep emotional trauma that often leads her to cross personal and professional lines.
● Lynch’s Agent 355 is a Secret Service agent who performs the duties of her job with the utmost professionalism – even under the most unexpected set of circumstances.
● Canfield’s Beth is 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.
● Ireland’s Nora is the President’s senior assistant and right hand – balancing a family life with a job navigating the corridors of power.
Published in 2002, the series would span 60 issues and earn three Eisner Awards and the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. Here’s a look at the Vaughn/Guerra comic book series:
Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan (LOST, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.
New Line secured the rights to bring Y: The Last Man to the big screen more than a decade ago, and as recently as 2013, Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) was attached to direct the film before the project fell apart. FX began developing a series adaptation two years ago, after New Line lost the rights.