Netflix ‘Lost in Space’ Series Casts its First Robinson
Netflix’s Lost in Space TV series has been buried by an avalanche of premieres and a long time in development, but it seems Lost has found its first Robinson. Falling Skies star Taylor Russell becomes the first to join the cast, with other Robinsons sure to follow.
TVLine broke word that Russell will become the new Judy Robinson, a role originally played by Marta Kristen when the series began in 1965, and rebooted to Heather Graham with the 1998 film. The character is daughter to John and Maureen, and older sister to Penny and Will.
Netflix previously set a 10-episode order for the new one-hour series, eyed for a 2018 debut under Prison Break alum Zack Estrin. Untold team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will write the new version, producing Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV, with Marshall likely to direct. So reads the new synopsis:
Taking its cues from the original series, the show centers around the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, it is a survival story for the ages.
The original 1960s series saw 1997 future family the Robinsons heading into space for a 5-year mission, before the evil Dr. Smith sabotaged the mission and sent the family off-course. Crewed by John and Maureen Robinson, their children Penny, Judy and Will, as well as Major Don West, Doctor Smith and “Robot,” the original series aired on CBS for a grand total of 83 episodes over 3 seasons.
In addition to the 1998 film remake with William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Gary Oldman and Matt LeBlanc, as well as an early attempt to revive the series as an NBC TV-movie, The WB filmed a 2003 pilot for a new Lost in Space directed by John Woo.
There’s no telling when the next Lost in Space casting might come, but does the Netflix reboot at least seem on-course?