The first full-length trailer for Netflix’s Lost in Space is here.
The new footage includes a first look at the planet where the Robinson family finds themselves stranded, our first look at Dr. Smith (Parker Posey), plenty of intense action, and several scenes revealing the show’s entirely reimagined Robot (which now is of a mysterious extraterrestrial origin).
The set-up: The Robinsons — led by stars Toby Stephens (Black Sails) and Molly Parker (Deadwood) — is one of hundreds of families chosen for a colonization mission that goes horribly wrong when their ship is struck by an unknown calamity. The Robinsons escape to an unknown Earth-type planet and struggle to survive, and soon discover they are not alone. The show is based on the original 1963 series that ran for three seasons, yet has been updated in several intriguing ways.
One holdover from the original design is the use of lights in the Robot’s face to suggest how it’s feeling (also, that it’s just simply called “Robot”). “Whereas the original Robot was exactly what you thought it was, our Robot is a bit of a mystery that unfolds over the course of the season,” Estrin said.
Another major shift is the gender-twist casting of Posey as one of the planet’s non-Robinson characters, Dr. Smith, who comes across just as shady as the original (if not moreso). “The original Dr. Smith played by Jonathan Harris was so iconic, you couldn’t just try to do that again, and if you were to ask a male actor to fill those shoes, there would always be a comparison,” Estrin said. “We’re so lucky to have Parker, she brings such dimensionality to the role. She has a perfect mix of delicious villainy that lends a special piece of fun to the show.” The character will also fill some of the big plot holes in the original series, like: Why is Dr. Smith there? Why do the Robinsons keep him (now her) around?
Yet one element from the original series the team sought to utilize as much as possible was the show’s soundtrack, which was composed by a young John Williams (back when he was known as Johnny Williams), years before he became Hollywood’s top composer of films like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the aforementioned Jurassic Park. The new show’s composer, Chris Leonard, took Williams’ themes for the show and put a contemporary spin on them.
Here’s the official poster:
Lost in Space consists of 10 episodes and premieres April 13.