The Duffer brothers work fast it seems, as Season 3 of Stranger Things is on the way much sooner than anyone expected. Filming will allegedly start this April, with production lasting until October. Just as the roster of characters grew in Season 2, it also looks to do the same for this new season, as new characters are being added to the cast list.
According to That Hashtag Show, three new characters will be added to the show in recurring roles. Bear in mind the names are likely place-holders and subject to change with script tuning or casting:
“Mayor Larry Kline.” Described as a classic, ’80s style slick politician, “Kline” is described as pathetic and driven only by his own interests. The studio is looking for a male, 40s-60s, to fill the role.
“Bruce.” A morally compromised news reporter in his 50s, “Bruce” was described as outwardly sexist, overweight and bedraggled.
“Patricia Brown.” “Patricia” seems to be filling the role of the sweet, neighborhood elder. The studio is looking for a woman in her 70s for the role which will see her spending a lot of time tending to her garden and offering her advice to the neighborhood kids. Given the Duffer brothers’ affinity for subverting expectations, we find ourselves wondering if this sweet old lady might have some connection to the Upside Down; then again, that might be just the type of thing they want us to think we know and she just ends up a sweet old lady!
The addition of more high-profile people is interesting, leading us to expect we might see the political side of the show’s small town of Hawkins. Including both a politician and reporter could also hint at a potential conspiracy plot-line this season.
The series will remain eight episodes long and, though we weren’t expecting it come out until well into 2019, these leaps forward in production make us hopeful for a late 2018 release.