And The New Dr. Smith Is … Wait, Who?

By November 23, 2016
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Netflix is working to fix some gender balance issues from the original Lost In Space by making a surprise casting choice as its new Dr. Smith.

Parker Posey, who many call the “Queen of the Indies” because of her regular appearance in independent films, has been cast as the comical in-house villain for the series the subscription streaming service is picking up from Legendary Television, according to Deadline.

poseysmith112316-sidePosey joins a diverse cast that already includes Black Sails star Toby Stephens as John Robinson, Deadwood and House of Cards star Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson, Taylor Russell of Falling Skies as Judy Robinson, and the young former Sense8 guest star Max Jenkins as Will Robinson.

Posey got her start in soap operas of all places, portraying Tess Shelby in As the World Turns in the early 1990s. Then in 1993, she earned a breakout roll in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused that sent her on a track not only to appear in a string of independent films over the years, but also to get some significant character actor work in television series.

Some of those credits include FuturamaThe SimpsonsWill & GraceBoston LegalThe Big C and The Good Wife. Posey also pulled in some movie credits during that time as well, like Scream 3 in 2000, Blade: Trinity in 2004, and Superman Returns in 2006 as Kitty Kowalski.

Posey currently has a short guest stint in the new TBS comedy Search Party, and finished filming the comedy The Brits Are Coming with an eclectic cast that includes Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, Back to the Future‘s Crispin Glover, Designated Survivor‘s Maggie Q and Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Alice Eve.

She’s filming an independent feature right now called Columbus about a Korean-born man stuck in Indiana dealing with his father, who is in a coma.

smith-inset112316The original Lost In Space, which premiered on CBS in 1965, starred the late Jonathan Harris in the devious role, which also was a source of humor in the series. Harris died in 2002, just days shy of his 88th birthday.

Few details about the new Lost In Space have been released, except that Netflix is expected to debut it in 2018. Showrunners are Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the duo behind last year’s Vin Diesel film The Last Witch Hunter and the upcoming Power Rangers film.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.