Netflix’s reboot of “Lost in Space” has located its first Robinson family member.
Deadline reports that Taylor Russell, best known for her role as Evelyn on TNT’s”Falling Skies,” has been cast as oldest daughter Judy Robinson. Marta Kristen originated the role in the classic 1960s television series.
Created by Irwin Allen, the original series, which aired from 1965 to 1968, followed the Robinson family, who are selected by the U.S. government to colonize a planet of the nearby Alpha Centauri system. However, their ship is sabotaged by foreign secret agent Dr. Zachary Smith, who’s trapped inside as the Jupiter 2 veers off course and is … lost in space. Although the first season was more serious in tone, in the second season the series became more campy as it tried to compete against ABC’s “Batman,” shifting the focus to precocious young Will Robinson (Billy Mumy), The Robot and Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris).
Hailing from Legendary TV, the reboot is written by “Dracula Untold” and “The Last Witch Hunter” screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. “Prison Break” alum Zack Estrin will serve as showrunner.
The 10-episode series is described as “an epic but grounded science fiction saga,” which seems to fit with Russell’s “Falling Skies” experience. However, “Lost in Space” is also intended as part of Netflix’s “big scale, four-quadrant family entertainment,” so the precise tone of the show remains to be seen.
“Lost in Space” will be available on Netflix in 2018.
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