After what's proven to be a strange journey on a number of levels for FX on Hulu's live-action series adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's acclaimed comic book series Y: The Last Man, writer, executive producer, and showrunner Eliza Clark (Animal Kingdom, The Killing) made a lot of fans happy at the end of the last month when she posted images from Toronto of a clapperboard and series star Ben Schnetzer's set chair. Because we all know what that meant: production was finally underway. But for those of you still might be feeling a little cautious- as if all of this good news is just too much and leading to an inevitable jinx? Relax, take a deep breath, and appreciate what Clark posted on Monday.
In the Instagram post below, Clark shares an on-site image with cinematographer Kira Kelly, ASC, and director Louise Friedberg (The Right Stuff, Deliver Us) as they stay COVID safe in the snow. So yes, it is happening.
With Clark writing the first two episodes as well as executive producing and show-running, and Friedberg directing (with women directing every episode of the first season), Y presents a world where all of the men dead. All but one. Based on DC Comics' acclaimed comic book series from Vaughan and Guerra, Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates all but Yorick Brown (Schnetzer) and his Capuchin monkey. The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better- and here's where we learned that production on the journey was officially underway.
FX's Y stars Ben Schnetzer (Happy Town), Elliot Fletcher (Shameless), Diane Lane (Man of Steel), Olivia Thirlby (The L Word: Generation Q), Ashley Romans (NOS4A2), Juliana Canfield (Succession), Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete), Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People), Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), and Diana Bang (The Order). Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force (American Crime Story, Pose, Crazy Rich Asians) and Vaughan executive produce, with Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None) also serving as an executive producer.
Schnetzer'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. Fletcher's Sam Jordan is Brown's (Schnetzer) best friend, and enabler. His background (he grew up in poverty with absent parents), has made him resourceful and resilient in a world where surviving men are greeted with suspicion or worse. Street smart but occasionally self-destructive, he is wry and funny, with a big heart. Thirlby's Hero Brown is a tough and confident EMT who nurses a deep emotional trauma that often leads her to cross personal and professional lines. 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.
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. Ireland's Nora is the President's senior assistant and right hand – balancing family life with a job navigating the corridors of power. Romans' 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. Bang's Dr. Allison Mann is an expert geneticist searching to discover the cause of the plague and why Yorick survived.