Netflix has found the semi-sinister villain for its upcoming Lost In Space reboot, with Deadline reporting that Parker Posey has been cast in the role of saboteur-turned-shipmate Dr. Smith. Posey—who recently appeared in TBS’s Search Party, and as one of the deluded glory seekers in Christopher Guest’s Mascots—will star in the new streaming series opposite Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, and Taylor Russell, playing Dr., Will, and Judy Robinson, respectively. The series is scheduled for a 2018 debut.
The part of Dr. Smith was originated by Jonathan Harris, who initially played the character as a villain on Irwin Allen’s 1965 CBS show, before he was softened into more of a cowardly-but-lovable schemer as the series progressed. Posey, who’s no stranger to giving a fun, over-the-top villain turn, will hopefully inject a little more menace back into the character, although we’ll keep our fingers crossed that she doesn’t go full Gary Oldman and transform into a giant CGI spider two-thirds of the way through the show.