If you were excited to see Y: The Last Man from the FX network you might have to wait awhile longer. Joblo.com reports that has been delayed yet again, I remember when New Line was first interested in doing a film adaption for it and Shia LaBeouf was even star in it didn’t fall through. Back in 2010 Louis Leterrier was interested in creating a limited TV series but nothing ever came of it.
FX announced back in 2015 to develop the show, but wasn’t ordered to series until February of last year after a complete cast was ultimately finalized. Unfortunately, the adaptation has been hit with another significant blow and this one is pretty impactful. According to Collider, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER)
who was set to play the lead character Yorick, has left the project. No specific reason was given for Keoghan’s departure. The young actor’s star has risen quite quickly since his turn in Christopher Nolan’s film DUNKIRK. Last year Keoghan starred in the Emmy award winning HBO series Chernobyl and later this year will enter the MCU as Druig in Marvel’s THE ETERNALS. He’s also got A24’s GREEN KNIGHT set to land in May, an update of the classic medieval epic poem.
For those of you not familiar with the source material Y: The Last Man, follows the exploits of Yorick Brown as he navigates a post apocalyptic world where every single man on Earth has been killed by a mysterious plague, leaving only women. Together with his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand, the duo traverse this new world in search of his girlfriend Beth across a cultural landscape that’s significantly changed. The show is set to explore issues of gender, class, race, and survival. Y: The Last Man already sports an impressive cast with Diane Lane, Imogen Poots, Amber Tamblyn, and Lashana Lynch all set to star. As of right now they are searching for
Keoghan’s replacement but no specific names have been tossed out at this time.No word yet on whether or not this news will change the expected late 2020 release date of the show, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. It’s not like Y: The Last Man just lost “man sitting at table four.” They lost their lead. And with a property as beloved as this among comic fans, casting the right actor for the role is essential.