Anyone who saw the first season of Netflix’s mega hit series, Stranger Things can immediately name off a whole lot of genre properties from its 1980s setting that helped to inspire the show everyone wouldn’t stop talking about for weeks after they had binged it.
Production for season two is underway and the show is adding on one actor from a movie that no doubt had a hand in the inspiration behind the series. Sean Astin will be coming on to the second season as Bob Newby, a former high school classmate of Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) who is described as a kindhearted former nerd that manages the local RadioShack in Hawkins.
Astin is best known for a lot of roles, but hands down one of the most popular is Mikey from The Goonies, the 1985 classic about a group of friends that go on a weird adventure and make a new best friend along the way. The film is still beloved today and was most certainly watched by a whole lot of people once they finished season one of Stranger Things.
That’s not the only face from the decade coming to Hawkins, Indiana. Paul Reiser will be joining the series as Dr. Owens, a higher up member in the Department of Energy who is on a “clean-up” assignment to contain the events of the previous season. From the sounds of it we have our government villain for the season. Reiser was another big star back in the 1980s having starred in Diner, the first two Beverly Hills Cop films, and TV’s Mad About You. But when hearing Paul Riser is in Stranger Things, your mind will no doubt remember him as Carter Burke in Aliens, which the Duffer Brothers themselves have said is a big influence on season two as they said it will feel like a movie sequel akin to Aliens and the other big James Cameron sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
There is one last new cast member, though not someone that was on 1980s film or TV, but that’s not really a requirement to be on the show. Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen will be playing Roman, who Netflix describes as “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…”
Time for the theories to flying on that one.
What do you think of the news? Anybody else from the 80s you’d love to personally see on the show? Let us know in the comments below!
Stranger Things season 2 will premiere on Netflix next year.