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Stranger Things: What We Know So Far

Dacre Montgomery joins newcomers for the second series of Stranger Things.

Reporter: Sasha Wickenden | Sub-Editor: Hannah Grafton

On July 15 of this year, we became obsessed with yet another Netflix Original Show; Stranger Things. The series quickly became a huge success amongst the self- confessed binge watchers. It came to no surprise that the show creators; the Duffer Brothers, would return for another trip to Hawkins.

Shortly after the first series release on the August 31, Netflix released a video announcing that there would be a further nine episodes. To tease fans further, it included the titles of each one, leaving them to try and unravel what each could mean.

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It wouldn’t be a new series without some fresh meat, so far, five newcomers have been confirmed. Sadie Sink (American Odyssey) will be playing a young girl called Max – a tom boy with a troubled history.

Then we have Dacre Montgomery who is also set to play the Red Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers film. He will be playing bad boy Billy. On the November 7, the website Deadline announced that the star of the cult classic The Goonies (1985) Sean Astin had also joined the cast. Astin is set to play Bob Newly, described as a ‘formal nerd’ who went to school with Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Jim Hopper (David Harbour), who now runs Hawkins’s local Radio Shack.

Paul Reiser (Diner and Whiplash) has been cast as Dr Owens – an official with the department of energy tasked with containing the events of the first season. The final cast member announced is Danish newcomer Linnea Berthelsen who will be playing Roman, who has a strange connection to the events in the lab.

With it still being very early days, an exact plot is not yet known. It is known however, that it is set in 1982, a year after the first series. It is also now known that the production process has begun after the release of a photo of the cast during their first script read. The image shows that many fan favourites will be returning as series regulars including; Gaten Matterazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Noah McLaughlin, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer and of course Eleven herself, Millie Bobby Brown.

You might be wondering why Winona Ryder and David Harbour are not present in the photo. Don’t panic – Netflix confirmed to the website TV Line, that they would be returning to the show. However, to many people’s disappointment it is not expected for Shannon Purser to return to play fan favourite Barb, after an untimely death in the episode Upside Down.

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With this being such a popular show, Voice of London headed to one of London’s biggest pop culture events – the MCM Expo, to meet fans of the show who had come dressed as their favourite characters. These talented cosplayers came together to celebrate their love for the show and talked to us about their costumes and expectations for the next series.

Credit: Sasha Wickenden

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