Although we don’t know who’ll be playing the giant talking space carrot yet (we’re not kidding) we do now know who’ll be playing Judy Robinson (the eldest daughter, and traditionally dullest character) in Netflix’s remake of camp ’60s sci-fi classic Lost In Space.
Former Falling Skies actress Taylor Russell has won the role. It’s the first piece of official casting news for the show, which is due to debut in 2018.
The original show, produced by legendary stock footage abuser Irwin Allen, concerned the Robinson family (mum, dad, two daughters, one son, robot), who were on their way to colonise a new planet until a spy – Doctor Zachary Smith (who unwittingly becomes stuck on board too) – fiddled with their space ship and sent them off course to monster-of-the-week territory.
A dreary film version was made in 1998 and a failed TV pilot was made in 2003 (amazingly directed by Hard Boiled’s John Woo). Judy Robinson was played by Marta Kristen in the original series, Heather Graham in the movie and Agents Of SHIELD’s Adrianne Palicki in the TV pilot.
Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the rebooted series, which is being adapted by writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter) while Zack Estrin (Prison Break) will serve as showrunner.