According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX’s long-gestating Y: The Last Man take has landed a new lead in Happy Town alum Ben Schnetzer.
Based on the acclaimed comic series from Brian K. Vaughan, with Eliza Clark (Animal Kingdom) recently taking over as showrunner following the departure of Aida Croal (Luke Cage) and Michael Green (Hannibal), Y: The Last Man follows escape artist Yorick Brown (Schnetzer), the last man remaining on earth. Yorick sets off on a journey to uncover the truth behind the plague that wiped out the male chromosome.
Schnetzer takes over for Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), who exited the project earlier this month. It was the latest in an impossibly slow development for the series, which was originally set to debut later this year but will now have to do reshoots on all of Keoghan’s scenes. The series was originally put into development in October 2015 before naming Green showrunner in November 2016, receiving the first pilot draft in spring 2017, ordering a pilot and adding Croal in April 2018, receiving a series order in February 2019, and losing Croal and Green in April 2019.
FX’s current scripted drama slate includes Pose, Snowfall, and Mayans MC, as well as anthologies American Horror Story, Fargo, and American Crime Story.
In addition to his role on the ABC drama, Schnetzer’s television credits include Law & Order, American Masters, and The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. He likely came on FX’s radar thanks to the network’s busted pilot Gone Hollywood, about talent agents in the 1980s.