Y: The Last Man brings on Diane Lane for key role


FX is adapting the brilliant Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra comic book series Y: The Last Man and the cast is very impressive.

The most recent casting news came in a press release by FX, where they revealed that Man of Steel actress Diane Lane has joined the cast in the role of Senator Jennifer Brown.

For fans of the comics, this is the mother of Yorick Brown, who along with his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand are the last two male mammals left alive on Earth.

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The comic book series lasted 60 issues and followed Yorick (played in the TV show by Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan), first as he tried to find his girlfriend in the postapocalyptic world, and then as he ran for his life from groups who realized how important getting the last man on Earth would be for the survival of the planet.

Diane Lane plays Senator Brown, a member of the U.S. Congress who sends Agent 355 to find and protect her son. Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) portrays this agent as part of a mysterious organization that has worked in the shadows since the American Revolution.

Yorick also has an older sister named Hero Brown, who will be portrayed by Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later). Hero joins up with a group called the Daughters of the Amazon, a radical group who believes the elimination of men was a cleansing by Mother Earth.

Beth is Yorick’s girlfriend that he originally sets out to find after the plague. Juliana Canfield (Succession) plays Beth in the FX TV show.

Y: The Last Man was originally supposed to be a movie. D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) was onboard as the director with New Line balking at greenlighting it because they wanted it as a standalone movie and not as a trilogy.

Luckily for fans of the comics, after years of fighting about whether it should be a condensed movie or a trilogy, the rights reverted back to Vaughan and Guerra and they smartly took it to TV to tell the entire story in the manner it was meant to be told.

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Michael Green (American Gods) and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage) will serve as the showrunners while Melina Matsoukas (Master of None) will direct the pilot episode. The title for the FX series has also been shortened to Y.