The Duffer Brothers Will Try Not To Add New Characters For ‘Stranger Things 5’

It's all on the Hawkins gang for the final season.

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The Duffer Brothers reveal that they intend to zero in on the current cast for the hotly-anticipated Stranger Things 5.

Netflix’s blockbuster series Stranger Things was perhaps the champion of the summer when it comes to television series’ stranglehold on the popular culture. Both volumes of the fourth season broke numerous records for the service, and it set up an exciting final season that the Duffer Brothers are currently hard at work writing. It’s safe to say that Stranger Things 5 will be quite the under-taking.

It’s all on the Hawkins gang for Stranger Things 5.

After the first season of Stranger Things dropped on Netflix in 2016, each season has introduced some important new characters to the cast. Season 2 introduced the likes of Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Brett Gelman, and Priah Ferguson as Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Murray Bauman and Erica Sinclair, respectively, while Season 3 introduced Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley and Season 4 introduced new fan-favorite Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson. However, it appears that the Duffer Brothers want to venture away from that trope, in favor of focusing on the remaining cast for Stranger Things 5:

Ross Duffer: “Whenever we introduce a new character, we want to make sure that they’re going to be an integral part of the narrative. So that’s something with Eddie this season, where we go, ‘Well, we need a character here for this storyline to really work, and to give it the engine that is needed.” But every time we do that, we’re nervous, because you go, ‘We’ve got a great cast of characters here, and actors, and any moment we’re spending with a new character, we’re taking time away from one of the other actors.’ So we’re just very, very careful about who we’re introducing. And then specifically in the casting process, it took a very long time to find Joe Quinn, and you just go through so many edits, because you know that we can’t add someone that’s going to just take away from our characters if they’re not terrific.”

Matt Duffer: “And the same was true with Sadie and Maya. And it’s not like the actors don’t know [either]. They all know that they’re coming into a cast people love, and you’re introducing a new element. And you’ve seen it on shows go wrong, and so they’re all nervous, but like Ross said, with those particular three, and Dacre [Mongomery] as well, who played Billy, it was like, because these actors are amazing it’s just really fun. I just like shaking it up, so we shake it up by changing the plot or adding in a new monster. We’re doing our best to resist [adding new characters] for Season 5. We’re trying not to do that so we can focus on the OG characters, I guess.”

Here is the synopsis for the fourth season of the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things:

“It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.”

Created by the Duffer Brothers, the Netflix series stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Cara Buono, Brett Gelman, Jamie Campbell Bower, Eduardo Franco, and Joseph Quinn.

All four seasons are available to stream on Netflix. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Stranger Things 5 and the Duffer Brothers’ future projects, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: IndieWire

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