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Stranger Things season 2: Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Linnea Berthelsen join cast

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Let’s face it: We all miss the folks of Hawkins, Indiana. So, thankfully, Stranger Things 2 is about to start production (!) and EW has some exclusive new details on season 2.

The Netflix series, created by Ross and Matt Duffer, is adding three new characters, including someone who kind of sounds like the next Eleven. And two of the actors have very important connections to genre films influenced by the Duffers.

Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen has been cast as Roman. Per Netflix, she’s “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…”

EW Analysis: Does she like toasted breakfast pastries too? We predict that she has a lot of qualities in common with a certain young lady who favors a buzz-cut accessorized with a nose bleed.

Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings trilogy) will play Bob Newby, “a kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.”

EW Analysis: Given how much these kids love a radio and gadgets, I wonder if the local RadioShack will come into play? The casting of Astin, who played Goonies leader Mikey in the iconic film, may be the biggest nod yet the Duffers have given to the 1985 movie which inspired Things.

Paul Reiser (Aliens, Whiplash) has been cast as Dr. Owens, “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.”

EW Analysis: Given that we don’t fully know what happened to Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine), it certainly sounds like Dr. Owens could be this season’s government baddie. But Reiser is also interesting given that the Duffers told EW that Stranger Things 2 will feel like a movie sequel and mentioned James Cameron films like Terminator 2 and Aliens, in which Reiser played the villainous Burke, as inspiration. “I think one of the reasons [Cameron’s] sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different than what came before without losing what we loved about the original,” Matt Duffer said in August. “So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”

Stranger Things 2 will debut on Netflix in 2017.

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