"Y": Barry Keoghan Exits FX Networks "Y: The Last Man" Series Adapt.; Yorick Brown Role Being Recast [REPORT]
Nearly seven months after Animal Kingdom's Eliza Clark was named writer, executive producer, and new showrunner on FX's Y – the network's adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's acclaimed comic book series Y: The Last Man – Chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions John Landgraf offered fans an update on the series. Speaking at the network's Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event, Landgraf noted that the project was in pre-production after going through some major creative changes so it wasn't far enough along to be on the schedule:
"We've seen five, six scripts. We haven't scheduled it because it hasn't gone into production. We changed showrunners and did a big reboot on it, but that seems to be going well."
What a difference less-than-a-month makes, because Collider is now reporting that Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer) is no longer with the project, and the role of Yorick Brown is being recast. It still isn't clear if Y will be able to make its promised late 2020 debut (though all things considered…)
At last summer's TCA summer press event, Landgraf addressed the status of the series – stating that production was back on track with Clark in place. Comic book series co-creator Vaughan even took to Instagram to praise the addition of Clark and the work being done by the entire team.
Clark's addition and word that production was well underway was a one-two combo of good news for a project that was showing signs of trouble in early 2019. Writers-executive producers-showrunners Michael Green and Aida Mashaka Croal exited the series due to "creative differences," and not in the quietest way possible.
"A decade ago I devoured the complete Y: The Last Man series cover to cover, imagining how it might take shape on screen. It introduced me to the amazing work of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra and the complex, fascinating world of Y. I'm thrilled to tell this story and to be working with this immensely talented cast."
– Eliza Clark
Tentatively set to premiere in 2020, Y finds all of the men dead. But one. Based on DC Comics' acclaimed series Y: The Last Man by Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male save for one lone human. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival.
FX's Y stars Diane Lane (Man of Steel), Imogen Poots (Roadies), Lashana Lynch(Captain Marvel), Juliana Canfield (Succession), Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete), Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People), and Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).
● Lane's Senator Jennifer Brown is a first-term Junior Senator who's already made a name for herself in political circles for her willingness to put personal ideals above politics. She is also the mother of Yorick and Hero Brown.
● TBA's Yorick Brown is a young man who uses humor to deflect from his problems – and who may be the lone male survivor of a worldwide plague.
● Poots' Hero Brown is a tough and confident EMT who nurses a deep emotional trauma that often leads her to cross personal and professional lines.
● Lynch's Agent 355 is a Secret Service agent who performs the duties of her job with the utmost professionalism – even under the most unexpected set of circumstances.
● Canfield's Beth is a Brooklyn-based knife maker who grew up on a farm and went to New York to experience the big city. She finds something endearing about the hapless Yorick; and when they're together, there's the undeniable spark of two kids in love.
● Ireland's Nora is the President's senior assistant and right hand – balancing a family life with a job navigating the corridors of power.
● Hutton serves as the President of the United States of America Callows.
● Tamblyn's Mariette Callows is the President of the United States' daughter, groomed for a career in politics and to uphold her father's conservative values.
Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force (American Crime Story, Pose, Crazy Rich Asians) and Matthew Vaughan executive produce, with Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None) having directed the pilot episode and also serving as an executive producer.