Reshoots are usually a normal part of film and TV production. But sometimes fans can read about them in the press and immediately assume the worst about a project. Such was the case with FX on Hulu’s upcoming Y: The Last Man adaptation, which finally brings Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s acclaimed comic book series to life after almost two decades in development hell. While speaking with ComicBook.com, Y: The Last Man showrunner Eliza Clark addressed some of the obstacles she had to clear during filming. She also dismissed any concerns about the impact the series’ reshoots had on the finished product.
“I can’t speak to exactly what happened before I came on board,” said Clark. “But I’ll say this: I was not brought on to patch holes in a dam. I was brought on for an entirely new take. I got to re-shoot the pilot entirely and rewrite it entirely. From there, besides COVID, we have not had a crazy … It hasn’t been a troubled show. COVID shut everyone down, but we’ve been cooking with gas since the beginning.”
“There were a lot of amazing cast members that I got to inherit, including the people who ended up leaving,” added Clark. “But, schedules and whatever, it’s a long time to give to a project if there are things that happened before, you know what I mean? I think people have been attached for a long time and I got to end up with the cast I wanted and needed. I think you will be very excited if you love the books to see this incredible cast. Have you seen Ashley Romans do her thing [as 355]? I mean, she’s incredible.”
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Clark’s forebears on the series initially cast Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch to play Agent 355, who also happens to be one of the comic’s most pivotal supporting characters. It wasn’t until Clark took over as showrunner that Romans inherited the role. And this wasn’t the only casting shakeup that happened under Clark’s watch. Barry Keoghan was originally set to headline the series as the titular “last man,” Yorick Brown. However, he left the show at the beginning of last year after filming on the original pilot had already begun. Clarke subsequently cast Ben Schnetzer to replace him before shooting recommenced last fall. Around that time, Olivia Thirlby also replaced Imogen Poots as Yorick’s sister, Hero.
Despite any rumors to the contrary, Clark sounds confident that she made the right casting choices, especially in the case of Romans’ take on 355. As she tells it, her big shining moment happens in a particular episode of the show’s first season.
“Get ready for episode four,” teased Clark. “That’s when you really get to see some pretty spectacular stuff from Ashley.
Y: The Last Man premieres next Monday, September 13 on FX on Hulu.
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