Netflix’s Lost in Space remake has found its female lead in Deadwood and House of Cards actress Molly Parker.
Parker will star as brilliant aerospace engineer Maureen Robinson, who makes the decision to bring her whole family to space. The role was first played by June Lockhart in Irwin Allen’s original 1965-1968 series and by Mimi Rogers in the 1998 movie.
The actress will star alongside Black Sails' Toby Stephens as her hubby, astrophysicist John Robinson, who is also the expedition commander. Maxwell Jenkins will play their son Will, the youngest child in the family, and Taylor Russell will play eldest daughter Judy. I gotta say, I'm really digging the sci-fi series' casting so far, and it's shaping up nicely.
The show's premise follows the Robinsons, who are forced to come together when they find themselves stranded light-years away from their intended destination and have to battle their new alien surroundings as well as their personal demons.
The 1965 series was set 30 years in the future, in 1997, and revolved around an attempt by the U.S. to colonize deep space by sending one family on a 5 1/2-year journey to another planet. They are, however, unaware that they have an enemy agent on board, Dr. Zachary Smith (played by Jonathan Harris in the original and Gary Oldman in the 1998 film), who sabotages the mission, causing the ship to veer off course and essentially become “lost in space.”
Slated for 2018 (Le sigh) the 10-episode sci-fi TV series hails from Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter). Prison Break’s Zack Estrin will act as showrunner and executive producer (alongside Sazama and Sharpless), with Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni, along with Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV-based Applebox. Marshall (who directed episodes of Black Sails, Game of Thrones and Constantine, among others) will serve as producing director and is said to helm several episodes.
What do you guys think of the casting of Molly Parker as Dr. Maureen Robinson on Netflix’s Lost in Space remake?