Here's why Lost in Space reboot made Dr Smith a woman

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Parker Posey has revealed why Netflix's new Lost in Space reboot made Dr Smith a woman.

The series, which is a remake of the classic sci-fi of the same name that originally ran from 1965 to 1968 on CBS, will drop on the streaming service next month.

Lost in Space is set 30 years in the future where space colonisation is a reality, and follows the Robinson family as they prepare to leave the Earth in search of a planet that can sustain human life, before things go horribly awry and Will Robinson is told that he's in danger.

Cast members and crew from the show appeared at WonderCon over the weekend, where Posey – who will play the role of Doctor Smith (played by Jonathan Harris in the original series) – revealed why they gender-flipped the character.

Speaking at the convention, she explained how depicting a more gender equal, inclusive and diverse dystopian landscape inspired her casting as the iconic and traditionally male character.

Take note, Blade Runner 2049.

"I love the original [series] and I certainly love the original Maureen," Posey said (via Deadline). "But we live in a different time of gender dynamics.

"The women [on the show] could do whatever the men do – it isn't even a question. It's just the reality. It's incredible to play a woman as smart as she and at the same time, has these flaws and has to connect with her kids.

"It's 30 years into the future and we have imagined a reality we would like to see. We will hopefully be in a place where we want to be in terms of class, race, and gender."

Photo credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
Photo credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

[Original Dr Smith played by Jonathan Harris]

She added: "When I heard they were going to offer me the part it was really touching for me. I loved that they made her into a woman.

"You're going to see over 10 episodes how this new Doctor Smith evolves."

Lost in Space will be available to stream on Netflix from April 13.

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