Netflix ‘Lost in Space’ Adds Raza Jaffrey as Non-Robinson Character
Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot has seemed a bit … well, lost in 2017, but our first major update of the new year has arrived. Smash and Homeland alum Raza Jaffrey will recur as a character not noted from the original series, potentially hinting at the revived series’ plot.
Per Deadline, Jaffrey’s character is identified as “Victor. Well groomed, educated and officious, with a sense of entitlement, Victor has been a career builder and politician from a young age. There is arrogance and impatience about him. All this masks the underlying fear that he’ll one day be found out…..that he isn’t quite good enough.”
Jaffrey joins Bones star Ignacio Serricchio as Major Don West, along with Parker Posey as a gender-flipped version of the nefarious Doctor Smith, House of Cards vet Molly Parker as Dr. Maureen Robinson, Black Sails star Toby Stephens as Professor John Robinson, and Falling Skies star Taylor Russell as their eldest daughter Judy. Mina Sundwall will play Penny Robinson, with Sense8 star Max Jenkins as young Will Robinson.
Netflix previously set a 10-episode order for the new one-hour series, eyed for a 2018 debut under Prison Break alum Zack Estrin. Dracula Untold team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will write the new version, producing with Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV, with Marshall likely to direct. So reads the new synopsis:
Taking its cues from the original series, the show centers around the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, it is a survival story for the ages.
The original 1960s series saw 1997 future family the Robinsons heading into space for a 5-year mission, before the evil Dr. Smith sabotaged the mission and sent the family off-course. Crewed by John and Maureen Robinson, their children Penny, Judy and Will, as well as Major Don West, Doctor Smith and “Robot,” the original series aired on CBS for a grand total of 83 episodes over 3 seasons.
Netflix will likely start filming the new Lost in Space soon, but what do we make of the latest addition? Listen to the original theme below.