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The series based on Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s acclaimed comic began production this week in Toronto. It’s set to premiere on FX on Hulu in 2021.
The start of production is another step in a very long road to the screen for the project, which FX first put into development in 2015 after Vaughan reacquired rights to the comic. The cable network ordered it to series in February 2019, then changed showrunners two months later when Aida Croal and Michael Green departed over creative differences.
Eliza Clark (Animal Kingdom, The Killing) took over as showrunner in June 2019. The series also recast its leading man, with Ben Schnetzer (Warcraft) replacing Barry Keoghan as Yorick Brown, the only survivor of a cataclysm that kills every mammal with a Y chromosome save for Yorick and his pet monkey. The show has also made two other key cast changes, with Ashley Romans and Olivia Thirlby stepping in for Lashana Lynch and Imogen Poots.
Production was slated to start in the spring but was shut down as the coronavirus pandemic spread. To cap off the changes, FX opted in June to move Y from the linear network to the FX on Hulu streaming hub.
The cast for Y: The Last Man also includes Diane Lane, Amber Tamblyn, Marin Ireland, Diana Bang, Elliot Fletcher and Juliana Canfield.
Clark wrote the first two episodes, with Louise Friedberg (Borgen, Nat Geo’s The Right Stuff) directing. Women will direct every episode of the first season, and the series has a number of female department heads, including both directors of photography, the costume designer, production designer, casting director, editors and stunt coordinator.
Clark, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force, Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Vaughan and Melina Matsoukas (who directed the original pilot episode) are the executive producers. Nellie Reed serves as producer.
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