Netflix’s Stranger Things has been one of the word-of-mouth mega-hits of the year – with good reason, it was terrific stuff – and things are beginning to gear up for series two, which will (hopefully) come out next year. We’ve already been told that Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is returning, which is brilliant news because both the character and the young actress who played her were simply sensational. Now there’s word that two new cast members have signed up for series two, and one of them is just PERFECT.
If you haven’t seen it, Stranger Things is a mash-up of crime and horror, and is an expertly made homage to the films of the 1980s we all loved. It tells the story of a group of children who go on the hunt for their friend, who has disappeared. Along the way they encounter shady government people, monsters, different dimensions, and a young girl with kinetic powers. It was Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Carrie, The Goonie… it wore its influences squarely and proudly. So when we read the news that Sean Astin, a star of Lord Of The Rings but, crucially, an original member of The Goonies, had signed up for series two I punched the air and shouted, ‘yes!’ He’s going to be joined by another familiar face from the 1980s – Paul Reiser.
Reiser will play Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a “cleanup” assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.
Astin is Bob Newby, a kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.
Berthelsen will portray Roman, an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she mysteriously is connected to the supernatural events at the lab.
We can’t wait! More news as we get it…