News: Lost In Space Producer Discusses Gender-Swapping Dr. Smith In The Netflix Reboot

Executive producer Kevin Burns talks about Lost in Space

Lost in Space is making a comeback. This time the Robinson family will take an adventure into space as Netflix reboots the series for another generation of science fiction fans. The rebooted series will be premiering on the streaming giant on April 13, 2018. Danger Will Robinson! Danger!

There will be at least one change from the original TV series, with the producers deciding to gender-swap the character of Dr. Smith as Parker Posey that was portrayed by Jonathan Harris in the 1965-1968 series. Executive producer Kevin Burns spoke with CinemaBlend and revealed why decided to go with a female Dr. Smith, saying that:

“Jon Jashni [executive producer[ and I had wanted Dr. Smith to be a woman. Why? Because we were very close to Jonathan Harris. I knew him very well. I had him in my ear telling me ‘If they ain’t got me they got nothing. Kevin, I love you, but it will fail because I am Dr. Smith and nobody else can be Dr. Smith. That’s why that Gary Oldman movie died.’ So we said we won’t invite that comparison. What we’ll do is we will cast someone who will bring to it everything Jonathan brought to it but from a totally different perspective without having all of that baggage.”

Lost in Space stars Toby Stephens as expedition commander John Robinson, Molly Parker as aerospace engineer Maureen, Taylor Russell as Judy, Mina Sundawall as Penny and Maxwell Jenkins as Will, the youngest child. He’s the one who meets and befriends the Robot — whose 2018 incarnation is a far cry from the period-piece ’60s version. Ignacio Serricchio is smuggler Don West, and Parker Posey plays Dr. Smith. 

“Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith (Posey) is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game. And the roguish, but inadvertently charming Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) is a highly-skilled, blue-collar contractor, who had no intention of joining the colony, let alone crash landing on a lost planet.” .