When is Stranger Things 3 on Netflix? Who is in the cast, and what is going to happen?

Everything you need to know about the upcoming third season of Netflix's sci-fi hit

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Netflix’s Stranger Things season three was a dead cert even before the second season dropped to widespread hysteria in October 2017, and the company made it official late last year.

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And while it looks as if we will have a bit of a longer wait this time around, there are plenty of reasons to get excited now. Find out everything we know about Stranger Things 3 below.

When is Stranger Things 3 released on Netflix?

No released date has been announced – but David Harbour (Chief Jim Hopper) says that season three probably won’t arrive until 2019.

Is there a trailer?

Sadly not: filming on the series began in April 2018, so we shouldn’t expect any new footage for a while yet.

Who is in the cast?

The good news is that all of the original cast are on board for the new episodes. That means: Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven, Finn Wolfhard’s Mike, Winona Ryder’s Joyce, Noah Schnapp’s Will, Caleb Mclaughlin’s Lucas, Gaten Matarazzo’s Dustin, Natalia Dyer’s Nancy, Charlie Heaton’s Jonathan and fan favourite Joe Keery (Steve) are all returning.

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Season 2 additions Max (Sadie Sink) and Billy (Dacre Montgomery)  will return, but sadly Sean Astin’s Bob… We’re still not ready to talk about it.

Sadie Sink in Stranger Things
Sadie Sink in Stranger Things

As for new additions: fresh off last year’s BBC adaptation of Little Women, Maya Thurman-Hawke (daughter of Uma and Ethan) will join up with the main cast as Robin, a new character who uncovers a “dark secret” in Hawkins.

Considering Thurman-Hawke’s age (she’s 19), we’re guessing that she’ll be part of the older kids’ peer group alongside characters like Jonathan and Nancy – but what could this “dark secret” be? Is it just that she uncovers the events of the first two Stranger Things seasons, or something new? And could her character end up being a new love interest for jilted Steve?

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Storm Troopers star Jake Busey and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) have also been added to the line-up as new characters Bruce and Mayor Kline, respectively, and Haters Back Off’s Francesca Reale will feature as Heather, a lifeguard at the community pool who becomes the focal point of a “dark mystery”.

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Plus, Lucas Hedge’s sarky little sister Erica (played by Priah Ferguson) is set to play a much bigger role. According to a release from Netflix, season 3 will see her embark on a  “wild mission to save Hawkins from a dangerous and unexpected new threat”. 

Priah Ferguson in Stranger Things
Priah Ferguson in Stranger Things

What is going to happen in Stranger Things 3?

*Spoilers for Stranger Things 2 to follow*

Season 2 of Stranger Things tied up a LOT more loose ends than the first, with the portal to the Upside Down now sealed off, Hawkins lab apparently closed for good and Jonathan and Nancy finally getting together (poor Steve).

However, the kids’ Snow Ball idyll was marred by the final shot of the series, which saw the devilish Smoke Monster that had been terrorising our heroes (aka the Mind Flayer) land on the roof of the school in the parallel Upside Down dimension, ready to get revenge for his defeat in the season finale.

Executive producer Shawn Levy, told Glamour back in January that season three would “deal with forces of evil that are new”, but an interview with the Duffer brothers suggests that the usual Upside Down monsters will likely still be in the picture.
“They’ve shut the door on the Mind Flayer, but not only is it still there in the Upside Down, it’s very much aware of the kids, and particularly Eleven,” Ross Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter.

“It had not encountered her and her powers until that final episode. Now, it knows that she’s out there. We wanted to end on a little bit of an ominous note.”

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It also seems very likely that we haven’t seen the last of Eleven’s “sister” Kali/Eight, with the superpowered illusionist escaping the police at the end of episode seven and apparently still keen on taking Eleven on a mission of vengeance against the men who wronged them.

In fact, given how abruptly her story ends, we wouldn’t be surprised if Kali and her Warriors-esque gang turned up in Hawkins to cause trouble in the next season – and with her mindbending powers, we’re betting she could cause a lot of damage. Plus – what of numbers 1-7, 9-10 and beyond?

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Plus, Will seems likely to finally get a break. After two season of suffering, being covered in alien goop and screaming in fields, it seems that young Naoh Schnapp might finally get to play a normal teenage boy – at least according to one of the series’ creators.

“I feel like we really put Will through the wringer,” Matt Duffer told THR, “and maybe now we’re going to give him a break at least.”

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And, last but not least, we’ve been promised more “dad Steve”, and the continuation of his bromance with Dustin.

“We’ll definitely get to see some more of Steve Harrington in season three, and I’ll just say we won’t be abandoning the Dad Steve magic,” Levy told The Hollywood Reporter.

“I don’t want to say much more, but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve.”

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Stranger Things 3 will likely arrive on Netflix in early 2019