Stranger Things, the Netflix series that generates new content daily despite having premiered nearly four months ago, is still Stranger Things–ing. Today Entertainment Weekly reports that Season 2 has added three actors, two of whom cut their chops in the show's actual setting: the 1980s.
Paul 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." His '80s bona fides include Beverly Hills Cop and its sequel, Aliens and Diner (his feature debut). He currently stars on another streaming service's '80s-set show, Amazon's Red Oaks. He's a TV pro, having led the seven-season Mad About You with Helen Hunt in the '90s.
Sean Astin is playing Bob Newby (meta much?), "a kind hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce and Hopper and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack." Astin was Mikey in 1985's The Goonies, although he notched his career-defining role years later with The Lord of the Rings. He's been in the nostalgia game recently by voicing Raphael on a 2012-premiered TV incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The newcomer of the trio is Denmark's Linnea Berthelsen, playing 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."
Back in September, when three character descriptions were revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Roman had quite a different role:
"Roman is described as a male or a female of any ethnicity between the ages of 30 and 38. After growing up homeless with a drug-addicted mother, he or she suffered a great loss at an early age and has been seeking revenge ever since. Roman is ultimately an outsider who doesn't understand how to connect with people.”
Stranger Things added two cast members, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, in October. Season 2 will premiere sometime in 2017, with the first table read having been aptly teased last week:
Listen to the Back of the Class podcast talk Stranger Things at the 32:30-mark in the episode below: