A B.C. actor and Vancouver both play major roles in a new remake of a classic 1960s sci-fi show.
Netflix will release their new take on Lost in Space on April 13.
An update of the TV series that ran from 1965 to 1968, this version is set in a future, 30 years henceforth, amid human efforts to colonize space.
When one space-settler family, the Robinsons, heads out to their new home, they discover they've been unexpectedly thrown light years off their intended route and have to survive on an unfamiliar, desolate planet (also known as Vancouver and its environs—possibly in more ways than one).
The cast includes B.C.'s Molly Parker (House of Cards), who hails from Maple Ridge, as the aerospace engineer matriarch of the Robinson family. While Parker has starred in film and TV series on both sides of the border, longtime Canadian screen fans may remember her Canadian breakthrough and controversial role in Vancouver filmmaker Lynn Stopkewich's 1996 feature film Kissed, about necrophilia.
The rest of the Robinsons are portrayed by Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Taylor Russell (Falling Skies), Mina Sundwall (Freeheld), and Maxwell Jenkins (Sense8), who befriends an alien robot.
Also along for the ride is the manipulative Dr. Smith, played by Parker Posey (A Mighty Wind) and roguish Don West, played by Ignacio Serricchio (Bones).
Previous remakes of the series have included a 1998 big-screen adaptation, starring William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, and Matt LeBlanc; and John Woo's 2004 TV pilot that wasn't greenlit to go to series.