Amid the constant speculation surrounding a possible Lost reboot, Evangeline Lilly, who starred as Kate Austen on the ABC series, revealed whether or not she'd be interested in being involved. And despite the show's devoted fanbase, the Ant-Man and the Wasp star isn't especially enthusiastic.
Set on a mysterious island after the crash of a commercial aircraft leaves survivors stranded, Lost follows these characters as they not only attempt to stay alive, but uncover dark secrets that help explain where they even are in the first place. The deeper characters like Kate, Jack Shepard (Matthew Fox), and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) explore the island, the more quickly they discover that there is something sinister - if not supernatural - surrounding them. Also starring Terry O'Quinn, Naveen Andrews, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ben Linus, Lost was created by J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Jeffrey Lieber. Now, eight years after the 2010 Lost series finale, Lilly has chimed in on whether or not she'd be willing to return to the show were there to be a reboot.
In an interview with EW, Lilly was asked whether or not she'd be interested in revisiting the role of Kate for a potential series reboot, and her response leaned mostly towards the negative spectrum. Though she didn't flat-out say that she would completely write off a return to Lost, she admits to not being a fan of reboots or remakes in general - even criticizing the current Star Wars series. She explained that even though she stated she would "never say never," it's not very likely. She said:
“There’s a rumor every year that they are going to reboot Lost. The thing about reboots and remakes is that I don’t like them in general, period. I want people to leave Star Wars alone! I did love Rogue One, as an aside. But for the most part, I don’t usually love them. I feel like it’s just tainting something that’s precious. I’ve said I don’t want to do things in the past and I’ve done them - you know, never say never - but sitting where I am today, my assumption is no.”
Lilly is no stranger to being involved with projects that have been revisited past their prime, having starred in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy as Tauriel, a Silvan Wood-Elf of Mirkwood. In fact, Lilly's relationship with the trilogy was marred from the get-go. Before she agreed to star, she reportedly made the filmmakers swear that they would not involve her character (who was an original character from Jackson written strictly for the movies) in any love triangles. In the end, the bargain was not kept.
While her argument against reboots and remakes is valid, Lilly's comment about "tainting something that's precious" is especially relevant in the current climate of the entertainment industry. Even television - which has been enjoying a respectable golden age over the past few years - runs the risk of falling into the same repetitive traps that Hollywood too often finds itself in if it's not careful. So, Lilly keeping a safe distance from TV reboots is certainly a solid step in helping modern television avoid creative regurgitation just for the sake of probable success.