Y ask why: “The Last Man” comic goes to the big screen


The massively popular comic Y: The Last Man, written by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated/drawn by Pia Guerra, is getting the big screen treatment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carl Ellsworth (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess) is on board to write the script and D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) has been tapped to direct.

Although the April 16 issue of Time magazine claims that actresses are nearly an endangered species in many of the movies being produced in tinseltown, a cinematic rendering of Y on the horizon means nothing but work for legions of actresses. I mean — and I don’t think this is giving anything away, since it happens within the first couple of pages in the very first issue of Y — any mammal with a Y chromosome perishes, except for one dude, Yorick Brown, and his (male) Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The cast of billions from there on out is nothing but women as far as the eye can see, and then some more. I for one would love to sit in on the casting calls that’ll go out for this one! It’s all action and a mad dash for control of the world; countless hidden agendas; backstabbing, both literal and figurative; and women sharing their love with other women.

I have some ideas on who I think would make a striking Agent 355. So lethal, so butch … so Rosario Dawson. And Dr. Allison Mann, oh, I hope they get Sandra Oh for that part! Hero Brown, sister of the last man, would also be a plum role. I’m thinking Brittany Murphy, but then I have this whole thing for her that I can’t explain or quantify or anything at all, really. Who would you cast in a movie where 99.9 percent of the on-screen humans are of the female variety?

Has anyone else been following this comic series? The women-centric dystopic world view is reason enough to check it out, trust me. You can see what all the fuss is about here.

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