Netflix’s upcoming Lost in Space reboot has brought in yet another new cast member in the form of Parker Posey.
Deadline is reporting that Posey, best known for the likes of Café Society, Mascots and Scream 3, will be playing the villain of the piece, the nefarious Dr. Smith. In the original series Dr. Zachary Smith was played by Jonathan Harris, with Gary Oldman taking on the role for the 1998 Lost in Space movie. This new series will shake things up, though, instead making Dr. Smith a female character.
Posey joins a cast that’s currently made up of Toby Stephens as John Robinson, Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson, Maxwell Jenkins as Will Robinson, and Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson.
As for the original Lost in Space, that series debuted back in 1965, focussing on the Robinson family’s adventures in space after they were left stranded thanks to some no-good shenanigans from Dr. Zachary Smith. The show ran for three seasons, totalling eighty-five episodes. Following that came a doomed ‘70s cartoon show and an attempted 2003 live-action series from John Woo, and of course there was the aforementioned 1998 movie that starred Gary Oldman, Mimi Rogers, Matt LeBlanc, William Hurt and Heather Graham.
This new take on an old favourite will arrive on Netflix in 2018, with the first season to be made up of ten one-hour episodes. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are on writing duties, with Prison Break’s Zack Estrin serving as showrunner. Genre fave Neil Marshall, best known for the likes of The Descent and Dog Soldiers, is on board to direct several episodes of the series. The new show is being described as “a survival story for the ages”.SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG
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