Child actress Sadie Sink (below) is joining the show as Max, “a tomboy with a complicated history and a suspicious streak”. Australian actor Dacre Montgomery is also joining the cast as Max’s older brother Billy, “a classic girlfriend-stealing bad boy”.
But it’s not just new teens; show bosses have also confirmed that Paul Reiser, Linnea Berthelsen and Sean Astin will be joining the team.
“It’s a year later in the story, so there are several things that happened last year, like Will has come back,” said actor David Harbour, who plays Chief Hopper. “There are certain people in the town that know what happened, and then certain people that don’t know what happened. So there’s a lot of fall out with who knows what.”
UPDATE: A new feature in US magazine Entertainment Weekly has given us a preview of how the season will play out. Check it out here.
Director Shawn Levy said that the series will deal with what it means to try and ‘return to normal’ after what happened in season one.
“Will Byers was in that Upside Down for a while,” he says. So Season two is about this determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins, in the Byers family, in that group of friends, and it’s the struggle to reclaim normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.”
“We want a sequel that feels like it’s bigger and badder and darker, while answering more of the questions and getting deeper into what’s going on. [Writers The Duffer Brothers] want it to be that great sequel that is satisfying and yet expands the world.”
It’s one of fans’ most important questions, and the creators know that poor Barb Holland is still on viewers’ minds.
Writer Ross Duffer appeared to be unequivocal when asked about her fate last year. “I mean, yes ― yes, she’s dead. I thought we were pretty clear about that,” Matt Duffer said. “There’s a slug hanging out of her mouth ― out of her dead corpse. And then if you were still confused, [Chief Jim] Hopper finds her in the nest, also very dead.”
However, brother Matt Duffer promised that there would be some “justice” for her character – even if off screen. “Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.”
And, in another interview, the creators let slip that a third season is already in the works. Given that Netflix tend to book in their biggest shows in pairs, we can assume that Stranger Things season four is highly likely.