FX’s Adaptation Is Just Called ‘Y’ Not ‘The Last Man’ And Other Details Emerge, Including How Ampersand Will Appear

FX’s adaptation of Bryan K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s DC/Vertigo comic series ‘Y: The Last Man’ is now officially entitled ‘Y’.  (Have fun Googling that now.)  While attending the Television Critics Association press tour, FX president John Landgraf revealed this name change as well as other facts about the show.

Time Setting:

The comic book was set in the “present” when the book was published.  Since it began publication in 2002, that’s when the story was set.  But don’t expect Yorick (Barry Koeghan) to cue up any Backstreet Boys on his iPod one or riff any ‘Napolean Dynamite’ quotes.  According to Landgraf “It’s present day.  I mean, it’s a minute in the future.”


One of the most important characters in the book was Ampersand, Yorick’s Capuchin monkey, who was the only other being on Earth with a Y chromosome– in other words, the only other male mammal– to survive whatever mysterious plague wiped out the rest.  But animals, and Capuchin monkeys in particular, are a nightmare to work with in live action projects.  (Speaking of early 2000s references, that’s why Ross’ monkey Marcel was written out of ‘Friends’.)  According to Landgraf, on ‘Y’, Ampersand will be rendered in “mostly CGI.”

Diane Lane Is Yorick’s Mother:

While many outlets reported that Diane Lane had been cast as a Senator, most neglected to mention that she was playing Yorick’s mother Jennifer.

As Landgraf clarified:

“She’s playing a senator who’s the mother of the hero.  The whole show centers around the family in which the father dies. The mother is a senator but then gets involved in trying to reconstitute the American government. Then her daughter and son, he’s the last man on Earth, are left standing.”

What About Timothy Hutton?

If ‘Y’ is based on ‘Y: The Last Man’, emphasis on the “Last,” how is Timothy Hutton appearing as the President of the United States?  Simply put, the show doesn’t just start after the catastrophe that wipes out the other men.  Hutton’s President will be established before this event and may pop up again in flashbacks.  But not too many.  Hutton is joining ABC’s ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ as a series regular so this is likely a one-and-done appearance, unless he films a few extra scenes in advance.

Keep in mind, FX has only ordered a pilot.  Another major character, Doctor Allison Mann has not even been cast, because she doesn’t enter the story until a little later.  Things may change if the show gets a series order.

Lashana Lynch will co-star as Agent 355, while Imogen Poots plays Hero, Yorick’s sister.  Juliana Canfield plays his girlfriend Beth who, in the comic, was away in Australia when the rest of the male population vanishes.  The cast also includes Marin Ireland and Amber Tamblyn.

Check back for more information about ‘Y’ as it emerges.

Source: /Film

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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