UPDATED 05/15/16: Haters’ Back Off!‘s Francesca Reale Joins The Cast
The newest addition to the cast fills yet another trope role for the Duffers Brothers love-letter to nostalgia, as the popular lifeguard role has now been filled, via Variety:
Reale will appear in the recurring role of Heather, a popular lifeguard at the Hawkins community Pool. The exact details of how she will factor into the story are being kept under wraps, but it is known that Heather will become the center piece of a dark mystery.
It sound’s like Heather might be the new Barb, in that she will help drive the new mystery of the season, much like Barb and her subsequent death helped push the first and second season’s characters together. We’ll have to probably wait until the release of the third season for any idea of this “dark mystery,” but this season is shaping up an interesting cast we can’t wait to see work together.
Stranger Things took the world by storm with its nostalgic charm, inspired by some the biggest titles of the 1980s. The show became a family favorite, Netflix’s number one rated show last year for a family to watch together, and the teen cast has won over teens and preteens alike. The third season of Stranger Things will see the return of all surviving characters and a crop of new blood as well, which you can check out below.
A solid percentage of the show’s viewership is the same age as the cast, and are eagerly scouring Instagram for info on the coming season. Matt Duffer touched on the impact the kids aging has on the show itself, and on the teenaged audience in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing. Even if we wanted it to be static and we wanted to continually recycle the same storyline — and we don’t — we would be unable to, just because the kids are changing. It’s cool, though. The audience is going to be able to watch these kids come of age every year. The closest example is Harry Potter. Watching those kids and actors grow up in front of the camera was, to me, very powerful. I mean, I wasn’t a kid when I experienced that, and I can only imagine if you were a kid and you were their age, it would have been even more powerful. That’s what I’m excited about. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.
The time jump will allow Priah Ferguson, who appears in season 1 and 2 briefly as Lucas’ smart-mouthed sister, to become a series regular. She and her own group of friends will go on an adventure of their own next season.
Other casting news adds Maya Hawke (daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman) to the cast, and her character is described as “alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful. Bored with her mundane day job, she just wants a little excitement in her life… and gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a dark secret in Hawkins.” Could she be one of Eleven’s (Millie Bobby Brown) other siblings? Will the two be allies?
Season three will stick to eight or nine episodes just like the first two seasons. The showrunners have opted to mix things up with the show to prevent the series from becoming stale and predictable, but fans can rest assured that the looming presence of the Mind Flayer will be addressed according to Ross Duffer:
This thing [is still out there]. They’ve shut the door on the Mind Flayer, but not only is it still there in the Upside Down, it’s very much aware of the kids, and particularly Eleven.
While the Mind Flayer is still lurking, at least one of the kids will be getting a break next season, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). The kid has had the short end of a Demogorgon for two seasons now, but the third season will leave him alone. That sounds too good to be true to Schnapp:
I personally think it’s not all out of him… There’s this massive monster taking over all of Hawkins, and all you have to do is light a few fires and turn on a few heaters, and he’s gone? It just doesn’t make sense to me, really. He’s still there—I just don’t know how.
So, while there is some good news for Will, there is more bad news for Eleven, who has finally found a place where she can live life like a normal girl. Matt Duffer confirmed that Papa (Matthew Modine) is still alive:
As an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me—when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending.
At least this means we will get to see him die again, this time properly.
Fans fell in love with Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) and the internet has been abuzz with their desire for the success of his character. Steve the Jerk, Steve the Babysitter, Steve the Hero, now = Steve the Cop? According to an interview with Mashable, David Harbour is up for working closely with Keery again:
I think Steve is kinda dumb? I love the fact that he’s so great but kinda dumb, and I would love to play scenes with him where Hopper is just completely ripping him apart and then he walks away and Steve just calls him a dipshit under his breath or something. I would love to play more stuff with Joe, we’ll have to see. There’s just so many great characters on this show, it’s hard to figure out a way to put Steve and Hopper together, but I’m sure the Duffers will figure it out, because I do love Joe, I love working with him.
There is currently no release date for Stranger Things’ third season, but a rumor started by Harbour says filming could start as early as this spring, with a 2019 release date.
UPDATED 04/19/18: The third season of Stranger Things has added two more names to the cast to help reinforce our 80s nostalgia because the series hadn’t quite added enough of that yet. It was recently announced that Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride) and Jake Busey (From Dusk till Dawn, Predator) will be joining the cast.
Joining the cast in guest roles are Cary Elwes as Mayor Kline and Jake Busey as Bruce. Kline is described as “handsome, slick and sleazy… your classic 80s politician — more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs.” Bruce is a journalist for the The Hawkins Post with “questionable morals and a sick sense of humor.”
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