‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Casts New Character Duo, Upgrades Returning Cast Members to Regulars

     October 14, 2016

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If you’ve been anxiously awaiting a return to the Upside Down, good news. Netflix has already got the gears in motion for Stranger Things Season 2. Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer are hard at work on the follow-up to their supernatural series that became the surprise hit of the summer, and now THR reports that they’ve expanded their ensemble cast with two series newcomers — Sadie Sink (American Odyssey) and Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers).

At the same time, you can get ready for more Steve Harrington and Will Byers, as both Joe Kerry and Noah Schnapp have been promoted from recurring cast members to series regulars. Personally, I’m pretty stoked about this part as Steve Harrington (butt of the Jean Ralphio jokes he may be), had one of the best arcs in the first season)As for the newcomers, the pair will play a sibling duo, Max (Sink) and Billy (Montgomery).

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Here are the character details we learned last month:

Sink will play Max, a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era. She has a complicated history and is generally suspicious of those around her.

 

Montgomery will play Billy, Max’s hyper-confident and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games and drives a black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma, is a violent and unpredictable nature.

That still leaves the previously announced character Roman, an adult character with a tortured past on a mission of revenge who the Duffers are reportedly casting race and gender blind. Along with the announced Season 2 episodes titles, these character descriptions remain the most concrete details we’ve got on the highly-anticipated follow-up season.

As for the new castmembers, this is a huge get for any up-and-coming actor. Stranger Things has become a cultural phenomenon, reaching beyond the internet nerddom echo chamber into the mainstream; popping up on Saturday Night Live, Steven Colbert‘s The Late Show, and even a performance at the Emmys. Montgomery in particular is poised to have a major breakout year, with a leading role in the Power Rangers reboot and an a supporting turn in the buzzy horror film Safe Neighborhood. As for Sink, she kicked off her acting career in the Broadway revival of Annie and has since worked steadily in TV in film, but a key role in Stranger Things could make her a household name.

Stranger Things Season 2 is set to debut in 2017.

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