Netflix ‘Lost in Space’ Finds Major West in ‘Bones’ Star
Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot certainly got our attention with the casting of Parker Posey as a gender-swapped Dr. Smith, but will every addition prove as interesting? We’ll find out, as the Jupiter 2 crew comes closer to completion with the addition of Bones star Ignacio Serricchio in another role outside the Robinson family.
According to Deadline, Serricchio will take the role of Major Don West, described as “a roughneck smuggling luxury goods on the side who finds in the Robinsons the family he never thought he would find.” The original 1965 character was played by Mark Goddard, followed by the Matt LeBlanc version from the 1998 movie adaptation.
Serricchio joins Posey as the nefarious Doctor, along with House of Cards vet Molly Parker as Dr. Maureen Robinson, Black Sails star Toby Stephens as Professor John Robinson, and Falling Skies star Taylor Russell as their 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.
Netflix will likely complete the full Lost in Space cast soon, but what do we make of the latest addition? Listen to the original theme below