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Black Sails' Toby Stephens to star in Netflix's Lost in Space reboot

09.20.2016
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So yesterday Netflix announced the casting of Taylor Russell as teenage daughter Judy Robinson for their potentially ill-adviced LOST IN SPACE reboot. Now comes more casting news, with BLACK SAILS' Toby Stephens (or the Korean bad guy - don't ask - in one of the worst Bond films ever) set to play John Robinson, the scientist patriarch of ill-fated Robinsons as they hurtle into space. Lost, you could say.

The part of John's young son Will Robinson has also been cast (previously played by Bill Mumy of TWILIGHT ZONE and...BABYLON 5 fame). Here he will be played by Maxwell Jenkins (who was cast on another Netflix show that's forever on my queue, the Wachowski's SENSE8). 

I don't know how I feel about this cast. I haven't seen Toby Stephens in much (haven't watched BLACK SAILS yet), and what I have seen him in I wasn't a fan (he was pretty awful in DIE ANOTHER DAY and was overdubbed by Clint Eastwood in SPACE COWBOYS). However, I'll wait-and-see. I've heard good things about him on the aforementioned BLACK SAILS. And as for Jenkins, I haven't seen SENSE8 (but it's on my list, I swear!), so I can't comment. But he definitely looks like a moppet who'll get into trouble and scolded by a flailing robot. However, with the casting of Taylor Russells I was hoping for even more diversity, but this seems fine. We still have to see who'll be cast as the mother. 

So what do you guys think? Yay, or nay? And you on board the JUPITER-2, or are you hoping it gets lost for good?  

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Extra Tidbit: Bill Mumy was asked to reprise his role as the older Will Robinson in the '98 film, but refused (supposedly due to scheduling conflicts with BABYLON 5), so the role was instead played by Jared Harris.
Source: Deadline

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9:21PM on 09/21/2016
He is Maggie Smith's son. :)
He was also Mr. Rochester in the Jane Eyre TV film with Ruth Wilson as Jane.
He is Maggie Smith's son. :)
He was also Mr. Rochester in the Jane Eyre TV film with Ruth Wilson as Jane.
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4:36AM on 09/21/2016
Black Sails is surprisingly good. As for the new Lost In Space, hopefully it will be better than 1998 movie.
Black Sails is surprisingly good. As for the new Lost In Space, hopefully it will be better than 1998 movie.
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2:35AM on 09/21/2016
Toby kicks some serious @$$ as Captain Flint in Black Sails.
Toby kicks some serious @$$ as Captain Flint in Black Sails.
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8:19PM on 09/20/2016
He was pretty solid in 13 hours earlier this year.
He was pretty solid in 13 hours earlier this year.
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8:19PM on 09/20/2016

Black Sails

I have still only seen the first two seasons of Black Sails, but have to say I don't recall ever seeing Toby Stephens beforehand (his only other project I know of is that new Michael Bay war movie 13 Hours, which looks rather good actually). Honestly though, he absolutely killed it. One of the very best performances in TV (or really, considering it's this type of modern AAA serial TV -- one of the best performances in recent years in TV or movies) and just seriously, must must see stuff. The
I have still only seen the first two seasons of Black Sails, but have to say I don't recall ever seeing Toby Stephens beforehand (his only other project I know of is that new Michael Bay war movie 13 Hours, which looks rather good actually). Honestly though, he absolutely killed it. One of the very best performances in TV (or really, considering it's this type of modern AAA serial TV -- one of the best performances in recent years in TV or movies) and just seriously, must must see stuff. The guy is incredibly talented and absolutely did a fantastic job with a surprisingly complex and deep character/role. The show as a whole is so underrated, and so is Stephens, just from this alone. Who cares what he did in the past. He put his talent on display in Black Sails and just seeing the first 2 seasons alone I have to say that yeah, everyone needs to see that before they pass any judgement on him. Not comparing him directly to one of my favourite actors Tom Hardy, but it'd be like judging Tom Hardy based on his early work with stuff like Minotaur and Flood.

Honestly, I wouldn't be looking forward to this series. At all. But Stephens' participation definitely has me interested alone (though I have to say so does Netflix's pretty damn solid pedigree for original programming as of late)
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