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Chicago Kid Journeys to Another World — Vancouver — As the New Will Robinson

Don’t be surprised if you recognize the actor playing Will Robinson in Netflix’s “Lost in Space.” If you’ve attended a performance of Midnight Circus in the Parks since 2009, you’ve probably applauded Maxwell Jenkins.

Founded in 2007 by his parents, Jeff and Julie Jenkins, Midnight Circus does an annual tour in Chicago parks to raise money for the parks system. Maxwell, who will be 13 on May 3, has performed in his family’s circus since age 3.

“I started doing a partner acrobatic act with my dad where I would balance on his hand,” Maxwell told the Sun-Times. “My feet were so small, he could just hold me in one of his hands instead of two.”

In the past few years, the North Center resident has expanded his repertoire from acrobatics to acting with roles in the film “A Family Man,” ABC’s “Betrayal” and as Young Will in Netflix’s “Sense8,” among others.

Beginning Friday, Netflix subscribers can see Maxwell playing another Will, 12-year-old space adventurer Will Robinson, in the update of the 1965 Irwin Allen classic “Lost in Space.”


Link to Full Article at The Chicago Suntimes

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