Still over a year from its intended release, the 10-episode production of the Netflix reboot of Lost in Space has been nothing if not quiet. Little is known about the direction of the adaptation, other than Netflix's goal positioning it as a push into “big scale, four-quadrant family entertainment.” The 1965 original series hasn't had the staying power of some of its peers. But with a big budget (but poorly received) 1998 reboot movie and a dead-on-arrival 2003 pilot by John Woo, it hasn't been for lack of trying.
The show is already deep into pre-production, with Zack Estrin (Prison Break, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) acting as showrunner and Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (The Last Witch Hunter, Gods of Egypt) on writing duties. But in the wake of the revival's official greenlight by Netflix, it looks like things are finally starting to heat up with our first casting news.
TV Line is reporting that Canadian actress Taylor Russell (Falling Skies) will be filling the key role of Judy Robinson. Judy was played by Marta Kristen in the original series and Heather Graham (The Hangover) in the 1998 reboot film.
Considering what a tight-knit cast of protagonists Lost in Space has to work with, Russell's casting is sure to set a benchmark for the remainder of the Robinson family. While she may not be terribly well known yet, she has received a fair number of roles in the few years since her acting career began. Despite the reportedly large budget of the project, it seems there are no qualms with investing in up-and-coming talent. Currently 22 years old, Russell is right around the age of the original Judy, just old enough to possibly offer some romantic tension with whoever they pick to play Major Don West.
With Russell's indeterminate racial appearance, it's likely that the showrunners are planning to cast the Robinsons as a modern mixed or multiracial family. Unless they're planning to go the controversial adoption route (a la Sue Storm in Fantastic Four), it's a good bet that either John or Maureen Robinson will be played by a non-caucasian actor, with kids Will and Penny also somewhere along the nebulous racial spectrum. Considering today's growing international community and shared space exploration programs, this casting development is only likely to upset the most fervent sticklers for the show's white continuity.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the Lost in Space reboot as they hit.
Lost in Space is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2018.
Source: TV Line