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Top 10 Actors Who Could Play Yorick Brown

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Published from September 2002 to March 2008 Y: The Last Man was a comic book series by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra showing a world where all male mammals are suddenly killed except for one man, Yorick Brown, and his pet monkey. During its 60 issue run, Y: The Last Man won three Eisner Awards and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Novel. Because of this quality, there has been talk of an adaptation for years – David S. Goyer was linked as a producer and Jeff Vintar wrote a faithful adaptation of the source material. Directors D. J. Caruso (Disturbia) and Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) were attached to direct and Shia LaBeouf and Chuck star Zachary Levi were both considered for the role. Fans were relieved when LaBeouf did not get the role.

Last October it was announced that FX were going to develop a TV series based on the comic book with The People vs. O.J. Simpson producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson set to produce with Vaughn working as a writer on the series.

Whether the show is a mini-series or a long running series like The Walking Dead, the role of Yorick Brown would be a great role for a young actor, ideally someone who could play the character in his early-to-mid 20s – the son of a congresswoman and university professor who isn’t fulfilling his potential before having the fate of humanity thrust on his shoulders.

Thomas Dekker
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Thomas Dekker is a young actor with plenty of experience working on TV, best known for playing John Conner in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a show that fans felt was cut too short. Dekker also appeared in a supporting role in the first series of Heroes, playing the friend who Claire Bennett confides in and led the teen supernatural show The Secret Circle, a show that was cancelled after two seasons because of a decline in ratings and high production costs.

An iconic role like John Conner is a tough role for any actor, even Christian Bale struggled in Terminator Salvation, so for Dekker to earn praise for the role is an massive achievement. Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times wrote of Dekker’s performance in the series, “John, played by Thomas Dekker, complements Sarah’s intensity with a quiet anguish.” It would be easy to picture him taking on the lead role of Y: The Last Man.

Dekker also has a distinctive dress sense and has had various hairstyles over the years – features he could incorporate for the Yorick character.

Taron Egerton
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With movies like Kingsman: The Secret Service and Eddie the Eagle to his name, Welsh actor Taron Egerton is an actor on the rise. With a broad, muscular frame and a handsome square jaw, Egerton has proven himself in action, dramatic and comedic roles and has a lot of the basic traits needed to play Yorick. Egerton could match the various moods Yorick portrays – his survivor’s guilt, his comedic interactions with his travelling companions and can be rash and hot-headed, similar to his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Egerton’s best known role is as ‘Eggsy’ – a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who wasn’t fulfilling his potential until he was picked to try to join the secret spying organization The Kingsman. There are some similarities to Yorick, the son of a Congresswoman but lives in a small apartment in New York working as an escape artist.

Audiences are yet to see Egerton play an American role, but we are set to see him in the American drama Billionaire Boys Club and he is a RADA trained actor. Egerton is set to reprise his role as Eggsy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and is linked to star in a Robin Hood movie with Jamie Foxx.

Max Fowler
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Max Fowler is an emerging actor from the UK who is on the edge of making it in Hollywood  – I even considered him as a potential Spider-man. He is best known for his work on the BBC’s miniseries Mayday and the award nominated historical drama Wolf Hall that had an ensemble cast. American audiences will know Fowler best for his role as Twitch in the third season of The Killing and playing Sharlto Copley’s son in the superhero show Powers.

Fowler has a youthful appearance and has often played teenage characters but in reality is 25 years old. This is both an advantage and a drawback depending on how the showrunners want to portray Yorick. If they want to emphasize Yorick being young looking then an actor like Fowler would be the way to go. Fowler also has flowing locks and bangs that flop around his face – a look that Yorrick is sometimes drawn with in the comics.

As well as being a talented actor, Fowler is a skilled martial artist – starring in the short film Run Rabbit Run. He could handle the physical demands and agility required for the character – despite being the last man, Yorick is too willing to throw himself into danger.

Fowler would be more of an unknown quantity compared to some of the other actors on this list but a TV show like Y: The Last Man may need to take a risk because of the requirements for the character. He is talented enough to handle the role and playing Yorick could push Fowler to next level.

Andrew Garfield
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At 33 years old Andrew Garfield is the oldest actor to make it onto this list, but considering he played a high-schooler when he was 28-years-old it would not be much of a stretch for Garfield to play someone in their mid-to-late-20s. Garfield is best known for playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man films for Sony and, despite that series earning a mixed reception, Garfield was praised for his portrayal of the iconic superhero. Spider-Man is known for making wisecracks in the heat of battle and his version of Peter Parker was of a more jovial character then the Tobey Maguire sad sack. Yorick is also quick-witted and Garfield can bring out that aspect of the character.

As well as starring as Spider-Man, Garfield has plenty of solid film and theater credits to his name. He has already starred in Never Let Me Go which was set in a dystopia world where an underclass of people who are raised to be nothing more than organ donors. Garfield also had a leading role in The Social Network and in Boy A, playing the dark role of someone who committed murder as a child and is trying to adjust to life as an adult with a new identity.

Garfield is set to appear in two prestige pictures, Mel Gibson’s war movie Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese’s Japanese period drama Silence, however, the role of Yorick Brown could allow Garfield to regain a more mainstream audience.

Liam Hemsworth

Australian actor Liam Hemsworth has already found some success, appearing in the Hunger Games, The Expendables and Independence Day franchises. Despite this, Liam is in the shadow of his older brother Chris and in those movies Liam was not the big draw. Starring in a TV adaptation of Y: The Last Man would give Liam a chance to step out from his big brother’s shadow.

Liam is a handsome man (he is a Hemsworth after all) and he is currently 26-years-old, the right age to play the character. In real life he has a persona of being a likable and laidback Aussie lad. If he could bring that virtue into a performance, Liam would be onto a winner, being a charming young man who wasn’t living up to his potential; it would be easy to believe women of all ages would desire his Yorick. However Liam is 6 ft 4in and naturally very bulky, while Yorick is of avenge height and leaner in the comics.

Nicholas Hoult
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Acting since he was seven, Nicholas Hoult has a successful acting career, with roles in Skins, Mad Max: Fury Road, the zombie rom-com Warm Bodies and the X-Men franchise. Hoult is best known for playing the mutant genius Hank McCoy AKA Beast, both in his human form and as the blue flurry creature we know and love.

Hoult has shown himself to be a versatile actor; he can handle action, has had dramatic roles in movies like A Single Man and Dark Places and shown comedic ability in many of his roles. He could easily perform the role of someone who is wasting their potential who ends up having the weight of the fate of the world on his shoulders.

Aside from his work in blockbusters like X-Men and Mad Max, Hoult has appeared in smaller scale sci-fi movies – starring with Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee in Young Ones (Bad Land: Road to Fury in the UK), set in a drought stricken Midwest and the dystopian romance Equals with Kristen Stewart – so it could be perfectly conceivable for Hoult to star in Y: The Last Man.

Hoult’s upcoming roles are smaller projects, the war drama Sand Castle with Henry Cavill and Logan Marshall-Green and a bio-pic about the reclusive author J.D. Salinger.

Logan Lerman
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Since supporting Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in the Western remake of 3:10 to Yuma, Logan Lerman has become an actor on the rise and accomplished a lot for a 24-year-old. Lerman already worked in big-budget action movies: he led the Percy Jackson series and Paul W. S. Anderson’s attempt at a Three Musketeers movie. Lerman has since shied away from these type of movies, earning critical acclaim in the coming of age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower and exploring his dark side in the war movie Fury – playing a young man forced to fight and commit atrocities after being assigned to fight for a tank crew.

Lerman also had to go toe-to-toe with Russell Crowe as his on-screen father in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. As Ham, Lerman was the member of a family who clashed with Noah about his approach regarding dealing with the flood, questioning what would happen to the human race and is tempted by the villainous Tubal-cain – the leader of Cain’s descendants. In Y: The Last Man, Yorick also has an existential crisis after the plague wipes out all the men and Lerman has showed he can explore those emotions with his past work.

Lerman can certainly handle the dramatic heft of the Yorick role and it could propel him from respected young actor to a mainstream star.

Dylan O’Brien
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At 25-years-old Dylan O’Brien has already starred in two major series, the TV adaptation of Teen Wolf and young adult sci-fi series The Maze Runner. His growing fame had led to O’Brien being considered a frontrunner to play Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming (a role that eventually went to Tom Holland).

Like Yorick, O’Brien’s Maze Runner character Thomas is person who could be the key to save the world, appearing immune from a virus that turns people into zombies.

Despite the basic similarities in Yorick and Thomas situations the characters are different in personality and objectives. Thomas’ motivation is to solve the mystery of who he is and what W.C.K.D want with him and his comrades, while Yorick has to team up with a secret agent to help a genetic scientist close America to her back-up lab before trying to venture to Australia to find his girlfriend. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure will be the last movie in the series so O’Brien would be available for another series.

O’Brien was recently involved in an on-set accident when filming The Maze Runner: The Death Cure which has delayed the release of the movie. Considering the incident, it might make O’Brien apprehensive about taking on another big budget sci-fi role.

Evan Peters
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Evan Peters is best known for playing Quicksilver in the X-Men movies and starring in the American Horror Story TV series. Peters’ Quicksilver was a cocky jokester in X-Men: Days of Future Past, while in X-Men: Apocalypse the character grows more serious as he seeks out his father. These are characteristics that would suit Yorick, a rebellious young man who refuses to accept orders and has a sense of humor.

Peters has already displayed his comedic ability in the X-Men series which would match the layabout version of Yorick and Peters has shown he can show his range through his career. As Yorick, he would be a more light-hearted presence considering the levy of the world, but it would fit the comic’s more satirical tone.

Brenton Thwaites
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Another actor on the rise is Australian Brenton Thwaites, who has appeared in movies like Maleficent, The Giver and Gods of Egypt and is set to play Will Turner’s son in the upcoming fifth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Thwaites best performance to date was in the horror movie Oculus, playing Karen Gillan‘s younger brother as they study, record and attempt to destroy a cursed mirror that drove their parents crazy.

Considering the roles Thwaites has had, he is clearly on the cusp of breaking out as a major star and getting a role like Yorick Brown could push him over the edge.

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