The hot shot pilot. It’s a role that as old as the genre whether we’re talking about Han Solo, “Howling Mad” Murdock, Starbuck, Wash, Poe Dameron, or just about anyone from Top Gun. If you show has a flying device of any kind, you’re going to need a flying ace to take the stick and sound really cool and cocky while doing so. Enter Ignacio Serricchio. The Argentina-born actor will be stepping into the pilot boots of Maj. Don West for the upcoming Netflix remake of Lost in Space.
Deadline announced the casting of Serricchio, who will be joining the previously announced Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, and Parker Posey in the remake of the classic 60s sci-fi series produced by Irwin Allen about a family whose space cruise to another world is interrupted by a saboteur that sends them way off course into an unknown area of the galaxy. According to Deadline, Serricchio’s iteration of West is described as “a roughneck smuggling luxury goods on the side who finds in the Robinsons the family he never thought he would find.”
Serricchio himself is not a well-known name in Hollywood yet. He took the usual tour of duty on a daytime soap, in this case The Young and the Restless, and has since graduated to ongoing roles in prime time shows like The Witches of the East End, Zoe Ever After, and, most recently, Bones. He now joins the proud Don West legacy, which includes Mark Goddard in the original 60s series, Matt LeBlanc in the 1998 feature film, and Mike Erwin in the aborted CW series from the mid-2000s.
Lost in Space will begin shooting sometime in the new year for a 2018 release date on the streaming site. Stay tuned for further updates about the show.