A TV adaptation of Y: The Last Man has been in the works off and on for years now, and it's finally looking like a live-action version of the beloved comic is coming to the small screen, courtesy of FX. The project announced a killer cast earlier in July, and now FX has revealed that a certain actress of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (among other projects) fame has landed a significant part. Amber Tamblyn will tackle a role on Y, and we can bet that her new character won't have a whole lot in common than her Traveling Pants character.
In Y, Amber Tamblyn will play a character by the name of Mariette Callows. She comes from a privileged background due to her status as the President of the United States' daughter. She's spent her life being groomed to pursue a career in politics, but she may not be up to the task of sticking with her father's conservative values. Tamblyn joins a cast already comprised of Diane Lane, Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, and Marin Ireland.
FX's Y will explore a post-apocalyptic world following a devastating event that wiped out every male mammal except for one lone human, played by Barry Keoghan. The en masse deaths of the men mean that the women will hold the political power in the present, and they'll have to tackle issues concerning gender, race, and class all against a backdrop of the need to survive.
Interestingly, Mariette Callows is listed as the President's daughter and as somebody trained to uphold her father's values, which seems to indicate that the President is Mariette's father. If that's the case, he likely will have died before the beginning of the series as one of the victims to the event that wiped out most of the men. Could Y still reveal that the President is a woman and Mariette's push to uphold her dad's values is unrelated to the office of the President of the United States? Sure. But there may be a big mystery to be solved regarding Mariette Callows.
The Y TV project is based on the DC Comics' series Y: The Last Man, which ran for 60 issues beginning with an initial publication in 2002, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Pia Guerra. If FX gives a full season order for the new show, it will mark the first time a Y: The Last Man adaptation finally reaches an audience. Adaptations for film and television have been attempted going back as far as 2008. At this point, Y is still in the pilot stage, so fans of the comic probably want to start crossing their fingers that it lands a series order. With the likes of Amber Tamblyn and Diane Lane on board, a series could be a big hit.