Netflix's Stranger Things won't be debuting on the streaming service until 2019, but with production slated to begin in Atlanta in April, the production has already started casting, with three new characters revealed. While we may not know for quite some time who will inhabit these roles, these are all said to be recurring guest star roles on the show, although specifics about how many episodes these characters may appear in have not been provided. While the character names were given, this report stresses that these names may just be placeholders for casting purposes, and they may not be the same names we see on the show.
The first character listed in this report is Mayor Larry Kline, who is described as a "classic 80s style slick politician," who is also "pathetic and driven only by his own interests." Netflix is currently seeking an actor in the 40s-60s age range for the character. It's of interest to note that Richard Kline played Larry on Three's Company, and there may be some sort of connection here. The second character is only known as Bruce, a man in his 50s who is described as a "morally compromised news reporter," who is also said to be, "outwardly sexist, overweight and bedraggled." The most famous Bruce being Bruce the Shark from Jaws, a movie that has been referenced many times. It is possible that Bruce will be a new advisory for Hopper to deal with. The final role is 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." There is no immediate connection to the name Patricia Brown, and what she may be bringing to the role.
It was also confirmed earlier this month that this season will go back to the original eight-episode format from Season 1, after Season 2 spanned nine episodes. Production is expected to take place between mid-April and October, and while a 2019 debut has been confirmed, a specific premiere date has not yet been announced. While no plot details have been given at this time, producer/director Shawn Levy did confirm that they will plan on giving young Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) a bit of a "break" this season, since he's been through the first two seasons.
Series regulars such as Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) and Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield) are all expected to return in Season 3. The series was renewed back in December, which came as no surprise since the show has become among the most popular shows on any network or streaming service. It remains to be seen when the first footage from this new season will be readily available for fans.
While we'll have to wait several more months for this hit series to return, fans have been embracing David Harbour's hilarious Tide ads that debuted during the Super Bowl, and for fans who particularly enjoyed the Science Museum of Minnesota hoodie that Gaten Matarazzo's Dustin Henderson wore in Season 2, Target recently announced they will be going on sale in Target stories later this month, although they will not be available online. That Hashtag Show broke the casting news about these Stranger Things characters.