After years of dashed hopes and false starts, the acclaimed graphic novel from Bryan K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man, might finally be heading to the screen at FX, under the official title, Y. The network announced today who will be starring in the pilot, and there's some great talent involved, meaning that we're way closer to actually seeing this post-apocalyptic story finally get adapted for the TV-viewing masses than we've ever been before. Let's start with the biggest name that's currently been cast.
Actress Diane Lane, pictured above in her recent role in the film Paris Can Wait, has taken an important part in Y. As Senator Jennifer Brown in the adaptation, Lane will take on the part of a junior senator in her first term who has already made quite the name for herself as someone who is more than willing to put aside political machinations to keep her personal ideals intact. Jennifer also just so happens to be the mother of the title character, Yorick Brown, and his sister Hero. Lane received an Oscar nomination for her leading role in Unfaithful in 2003, and has become known recently for her work as Martha Kent in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League.
Next up, in the all important eponymous role of Yorick (also known as Y) will be actor Barry Keoghan. Y is described as being a young man who easily uses his sense of humor to try to divert attention away from his problems, which are actually quite plentiful, as he appears to be the only male mammal to have survived a worldwide plague that wiped out those with the Y chromosome. Keoghan has made a wonderful name for himself recently with his work in films like Dunkirk, American Animals and The Killing of a Sacred Deer.
As Yorick's sister, Hero, actress Imogen Poots will take on the part of the hard-as-nails EMT with severe emotional trauma that frequently leads her to abandon what should be strict barriers of professional and personal conduct. Poots is best known to American audiences for her time on the Showtime series Roadies, and has also appeared in Green Room, Fright Night and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
Lashana Lynch, seen above in her role as Rosaline Capulet in the Shonda Rhimes series Still Star-Crossed, has signed on to play the badass Agent 355 in Y. Her secret service agent is known for doing her job extremely well and with the highest level of professionalism, even when circumstances are dire and very unexpected. Coming up for Lynch is a co-starring role in the highly anticipated Captain Marvel next year.
Marin Ireland, best recognized from her role on the Amazon series Sneaky Pete, will be taking on the role of Nora in the show. Nora is the right hand and senior assistant to the president, and someone who's very skilled at navigating Washington's power structure while maintaining a balanced family life. Ireland has also been seen in Elementary, Girls, Law & Order: SVU and the film Hell or High Water, among other projects.
Rounding out the current cast for Y is relative newcomer Juliana Canfield as Beth. Beth is a farm girl who moved to New York to get a taste of the big city, becoming a Brooklyn-based knife maker who forms a bond with Yorick. Canfield has most recently been seen in the HBO drama Succession.
Since FX has only ordered a pilot for Y, there's no word when (or if) the show will actually make it to air, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we'll keep you up to date on all the latest developments with regards to the proposed sci-fi series. For more on what you can catch on the small screen in the meantime, be sure to check out our summer premiere schedule.