The second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things will soon begin production, so the series is adding a number of new faces to its cast. Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Sean Astin (The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings), Paul Reiser (Aliens, Whiplash) and newcomer Linnea Berthelsen have joined the cast of season two in key roles.
Astin will play a character named Bob Newby, who is described as follows:
A kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.
Reiser has been cast as Dr. Owens, who will be arriving at Hawkins to contain the mess from last season:
A high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a “clean-up” assignment who is tasked with containing the events of last year.
Berthelsen is Roman, who’s somehow connected to the supernatural events that took place at the lab despite the fact that she’s not a resident of Hawkins:
An emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab.
The announcement comes just days after our first look at Millie Bobby Brown and the rest of the cast at a table read. Details about the second season are scarce at the moment, but we do know that it will be set in the fall of 1984 (almost a year after the first one) and explore more of the Upside Down and new locations outside of Hawkins.
Stranger Things season two will debut on Netflix in 2017.