Ben Schnetzer Takes Over ‘Y: The Last Man’ Leading Role

by Erik Amaya

Y: The Last Man‘s poor Yorick has a new face.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warcraft veteran Ben Schnetzer will take over leading man duties on the FX adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s Vertigo comic book. Set in a world in which nearly all the mammals with the Y chromosome suddenly die. Remaining males Yorick Brown (Schnetzer) and his pet monkey Ampersand travel with a former government agent and a geneticist across the partially collapsed United States — and then the world — to find out why they survived and if they can salvage the human race before almost certain extinction. Diane Lane plays Senator Brown, Yorick’s mother, in a cast which includes Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland, and Amber Tamblyn.

The series, a project long in development on FX, has experienced nearly as much drama as what may eventually appear on screen. First, showrunners Micheal Green and Aida Croal departed the program last April, citing creative difference with the network. At the time, FX said the series would not continue “in its current form,” but it hired a new showrunner, The Killing‘s Eliza Clark, by June. The cast was always meant to remain the same, but then previous star Barry Keoghan departed the series in early February of this year, necessitating a search for a new Yorick. And though the previous version of the pilot featured a real monkey as Ampersand, THR suggests it may be replaced with a CGI character if the show ever makes it to series.

Indeed, the program was slated to debut this year, but now that is uncertain.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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