While fans have been eager to check out the new Netflix reboot of Lost In Space, many have been more than a little curious as to why Parker Posey joined the cast in the role of Dr. Smith.
In the original television series, Jonathan Harris’ campy portrayal of the character often stole the show. It was a role that could never be duplicated, and even Gary Oldman excepted that fact following his much darker take on the character in the 1998 movie.
The new series will be set apart by casting a woman in the role of Dr. Smith, something that executive producer Kevin Burns says was very much a conscious decision.
"Jon [Jashni, EP] and I had wanted Dr. Smith to be a woman. Why? Because we were very close to Jonathan Harris. I knew him very well. I had him in my ear telling me ‘If they ain’t got me they got nothing. Kevin, I love you, but it will fail because I am Dr. Smith and nobody else can be Dr. Smith. That’s why that Gary Oldman movie died.’"
"So we said we won’t invite that comparison. What we’ll do is we will cast someone who will bring to it everything Jonathan brought to it but from a totally different perspective without having all of that baggage."
Not a bad decision to make, if you ask us. There's certainly some logic in the decision, and proves that the powers that be behind the new series have some reverence for the original.
And, in this day and age, that's always a very good thing.
Lost In Space heads to Netflix on April 13th.
And we can't wait to check it out!
Source: Cinema Blend
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