Netflix's Stranger Things was the surprise breakaway hit of the summer, with fans still chattering about the events of Hawkins, Indiana months after the series released. The streaming service quickly renewed Stranger Things for a second season, and the Duffer Brothers have already been hard at work in crafting the second story in the series. And because Season 2 will expand the universe of the show while exploring new material, some reinforcements are needed. The first two new actors joining the cast have just been announced, and one just happens to be in the upcoming Power Rangers movie.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that actors Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink have joined the cast of Stranger Things in major Season 2 roles. The two newcomers will play siblings Billy and Max, respectively. Dacre Montgomery (aka the new Jason from Power Rangers) will be playing Billy, who is described as "Max's hyper-confident, and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games, and drives a black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma, is a violent and unpredictable nature." Max, played by Sadie Sink, is "a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era. She has a complicated history and is generally suspicious of those around her."
News of Stranger Things auditioning young actors for these roles came a few weeks ago, and now it appears that the process was completed relatively quickly.
It was also announced that two actors from Season 1 have received raises, and will now be series regulars. Those players are Joe Keery and Noah Schnapp, who played Nancy's boyfriend Steve and the formerly missing Will Byers. Steve quickly became a fan favorite in Season 1 through his redemption arc and ability to kick Demogorgon ass. And now that Will has been rescued from The Upside Down, it makes sense that we'll be seeing much more of him in Stranger Things' sophomore season.
All of these casting announcements seem to point at which plot lines will be the most expanded in Stranger Things Season 2. Namely, the kids of Hawkins will continue to get into supernatural trouble. It certainly make sense that another teenager was added to the mix, as we can assume that Steve ditched his bully friends. Plus Barb is totally dead, so at least there will be a new teenager to replenish the cast. And with Will returning and newcomer Max being added to the cast of youngsters, it's safe to say that there will be plenty of mystery hunting and Dungeons and Dragons in the second season as well.
Now we just have to find out where the heck Eleven is.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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