Slated for a 2018 premiere, the new Lost in Space takes its cues from the original CBS series, revolving around the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, the Robinsons find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and their own personal demons.
Parker will play Maureen Robinson, the role played by June Lockhart in the original series, a fearless and brilliant aerospace engineer who makes the decision to bring her family to space for a chance at a new life on a better world. Stephens plays the dad, astrophysicist John Robinson, the expedition commander. Also previously cast are Maxwell Jenkins, who plays Will, the youngest Robinson child, and Taylor Russell, who portrays the Robinsons’ eldest daughter, Judy.
Lost in Space was written by feature scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold). They executive produce with Zack Estrin, who serves as showrunner; Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni of Synthesis Entertainment; and Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV-based Applebox. Marshall will serve as producing director and direct several episodes of the series.
The 1965 series, set three decades into the future (1997), revolved around an attempt by the U.S. to colonize deep space by sending a single family, the Robinsons, on a 5 1/2-year journey to another planet. But an enemy agent, Dr. Zachary Smith, sabotages the mission, causing the ship to veer off course and become lost in space.
Parker is coming off a guest actress Emmy nomination for her role as House Whip Jackie Sharp in House of Cards. She next co-stars in David E. Kelley’s upcoming Amazon series Goliath opposite Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt, on which she has a one-year series regular deal. She also will be seen in several upcoming films including the Lakeshore/Lionsgate release of Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral, which hits theaters October 21; Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos, which just premiered at TIFF; and Small Crimes, opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jacki Weaver. She is repped by CAA, Red Management and Circle of Confusion.