For those eagerly awaiting any news about Neflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ remake, we have a juicy new piece of casting news! It seems they have cast 90s indie movie darling Parker Posey in a major role in the series, as she will be playing the villainous Dr. Smith. For those unaware of the who exactly the character is, in the original 1960’s version of the show, Dr. Smith is the man responsible for sabotaging the family’s mission to space, as he was aboard their ship, the Jupiter 2, when it takes flight, and he set them off course and gets them, “lost in space”. And then in the main part of the series, Dr. Smith is a kind of a foil for Dr. Robinson, a mischievous man stuck with the family who is always getting into nefarious situations and sets many of the plots of the show in motion.
And yes, I did not type that wrong, Dr. Smith in the original was a man, which makes casting Parker Posey in the role even more interesting, as gender swapping of any kind in a movie or TV show can raise some eyebrows, but in this case I do not really think it will matter all that much. There was not anything about the character demanding that the doctor be a male, and I could definitely see Posey playing an excellent version of the character, and it kind of makes me excited to know that Netflix is casting the best possible talent for the show, and is not limiting itself to the original vision of the characters from the TV show or the poorly received 90’s film, where Gary Oldman played Dr. Smith.
What do you think of the news of Parker Posey playing Dr. Smith? Do you think she is right for the role? Share your opinion in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)