Fans of Netflix’s popular series “Stranger Things” are clamoring for information about the second season. Where did Eleven go? Is Barb still alive? How will the Upside Down factor in to next season’s adventures? While those questions will only be answered next year, the Duffer Brothers have announced three new cast members and their character descriptions for next season. According to EW, the new season will feature Sean Astin (“The Goonies”), Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”) and Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen (“The Desert”).
In the new season, Astin will play Bob Newby, “a kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack”; Reiser will play Dr. Owens, “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year”; and Berthelsen will play Roman, “an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab.”
Matt Duffer told EW in August that he wanted the new “Stranger Things” season to feel like a film sequel in the vein of “Terminator 2” or “Aliens.” “I think one of the reasons [James Cameron’s] sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different than what came before without losing what we loved about the original,” Duffer said. “So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”
The second season of “Stranger Things” is about to start production. It will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2017.