Almost two years ago, it was announced the D.J. Caruso would direct and Carl Ellsworth would write a big screen adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s celebrated comic Y: The Last Man. Since that time and pretty much immediately, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen star Shia LaBeouf’s name has been associated with the film and speculation had been that he was in talks to take on the lead role of Yorick Brown, the “last man” of the title who survived a plague that wiped out all other men.
But now, according to an interview with Wizard Magazine, you can take LaBeouf’s name off the list of potential Yoricks. Why? Well, according to the interview, the star feels that the character is too similar to the one he’s played in both Transformers movies: Sam Witwicky.
“You take Sam and you put a monkey on his shoulder,” said LaBeouf in the interview of Yorick’s simian sidekick Ampersand. “I don’t know if it’s that big a differential. It seems like he’s the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again.
He added, “I’m not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around.” So, now that LaBeouf is apparently out of the picture, who will take on the role of “the last man?” Well, to throw out a couple names just for fun, how about someone like Topher Grace or Adam Brody? They might work.