Netflix unleashed a bunch of announcements today, including two new cast members for Stranger Things Season 3, Cary Elwes and Jake Busey. Both actors will have guest starring roles in the hit series, although there is no indication as to how many episode they'll appear in this season. The characters they are playing were previously revealed in a casting report from February, but there is still a third character from that report that has yet to be cast.
Cary Elwes will portray Mayor Kline, who is described as "handsome, slick and sleazy," a prototypical version of an 80s politician, who is, "more concerned with his own image than the people of the small town he governs." While this official announcement doesn't indicate that he's the Hawkins, Indiana mayor, it certainly seems likely. Jake Busey is playing Bruce, a journalist for The Hawkins Post who has, "questionable morals and a sick sense of humor." What's interesting is Netflix seemed to go in a different direction with Bruce since the February casting report surfaced.
The initial report stated that Bruce was a man in his 50s, described as a "morally-compromised news reporter," which still matches the official Netflix description. However the original report described Bruce as "outwardly sexist, overweight and bedraggled," and unless Mr. Busey is packing on some pounds for the role, it seems they have changed their approach to the character. It's also worth noting that Jake Busey is 46 years of age, so it seems the streaming service went a bit younger than they originally intended for this Bruce role.
The third and final character mentioned in the February report was Patricia Brown, an elderly woman in her 70s who will be, "spending a lot of time tending to her garden and offering her advice to the neighborhood kids." Netflix hasn't announced the casting for this character yet, but the February report also indicated that production would be starting in April in Atlanta, although an exact production start date was not given. Stranger Things Season 3 will span eight episodes, like the first season, ditching the nine-episode format used for Season 2, with Season 3 slated to debut sometime in 2019.
Cary Elwes is coming off roles in Youth & Consequences and he has a number of films in post-production such as The Billionaire Boys Club, where he plays Andy Warhol, Butterfly in the Typewriter, The Gettysburg Address, Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford Mainfesto, Burning at Both Ends and Ghost Typewriter. Jake Busey will next be seen in The Predator, where he plays the son of Peter Keyes, who was played by his real life father Gary Busey in the 1990 sequel Predator 2. While we wait for production to start on Season 3, it's possible we could learn who's playing Patricia Brown in the very near future. Hopefully, Netflix also reveals when exactly the new season is debuting soon. Maybe we'll even get to see some photos from the set when this streaming series starts production on its long-awaited third season.