Netflix ‘Lost in Space’ Casts Toby Stephens as Papa Robinson
Netflix finally got the ball rolling on its Lost in Space reboot series with the casting of Taylor Russell, and now the displaced family Robinson has a patriarch as well. Fresh off the final season of Starz’s Black Sails, Toby Stephens will serve as the Robinson family head who gets his family Lost in Space.
As reported by TVLine, Stephens will take the role of Professor John Robinson, succeeding the original 1965 character played by Guy Williams, and the William Hurt version from the 1998 movie adaptation. Stephens joins Falling Skies star Taylor Russell, who plays his eldest daughter Judy.
Netflix previously set a 10-episode order for the new one-hour series, eyed for a 2018 debut under Prison Break alum Zack Estrin. Untold team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will write the new version, producing Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV, with Marshall likely to direct. So reads the new synopsis:
Taking its cues from the original series, the show centers around the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, it is a survival story for the ages.
The original 1960s series saw 1997 future family the Robinsons heading into space for a 5-year mission, before the evil Dr. Smith sabotaged the mission and sent the family off-course. Crewed by John and Maureen Robinson, their children Penny, Judy and Will, as well as Major Don West, Doctor Smith and “Robot,” the original series aired on CBS for a grand total of 83 episodes over 3 seasons.
In addition to the 1998 film remake with William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert, Heather Graham and Matt LeBlanc, as well as an early attempt to revive the series as an NBC TV-movie, The WB filmed a 2003 pilot for a new Lost in Space directed by John Woo.
There’s no telling when the full Lost in Space casting might assemble, but does the Netflix reboot at least seem on-course?