While Netflix has an abundance of original programming, there are some TV shows that are in a tier above the rest in regards to popularity and critical acclaim. There's Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, and The Duffer Brothers' Stranger Things. The latter has quickly become one of the streaming service's flagship series, and this fall brought its triumphant and emotional second season. Stranger Things 2 also introduced a handful of new characters into the world of Hawkins, Indiana, and now it looks like the third installment will be no exception. Two more cast members have just been added to the mix: Cary Elwes and Jake Busey. They're both playing guest roles, but smart money says the show picked these name actors for a reason.
Cinephiles and casual movie fans will perhaps know Cary Elwes best from his beloved role as Wesley in The Princess Bride. That proved a star making moment for Elwes, and the movie has become a cult classic that was recently inducted into the National Film Registry. Elwes will have a major role in Stranger Things 3, playing Hawkins leader Mayor Kline. In the announcement, he's described as "handsome, slick, and sleazy", and that Kline is more concerned about his own interests than protecting the denizens of the town.
This will no doubt be a concern when the Mind Flayer return to Stranger Things for its revenge. While Eleven was able to close the tear and banish the creature back into its dimension, the cliffhanger ending for Season 2 revealed that it was watching and plotting against our heroes. Perhaps Cary Elwes' Mayor Kline has been aware of the experiments happening at Hawkins Lab, and therefore won't be a help when new dangers come to the town. Of course, this is all just speculation at this point.
Jake Busey will take on the role of Bruce in Stranger Things' threequel season. He's perhaps best known for his roles in Starship Troopers, Contact, and Tomcats. He's usually known for playing arrogant and bro characters, and it looks like that's exactly what he's going to be doing when he pops up in Season 3 of Stranger Things.
Bruce is a journalist at The Hawkins Post, and is supposed to be a slimy guy with "questionable morals". It should be interesting to see if that's how the character stays, or if the audience sees a warmer side to Bruce, especially if he has the power to expose what's been happening in Hawkins and at the lab.
The introduction of Bruce and Mayor Kline seems to hint at how Stranger Things will continue expanding its world during Season 3. It seems that the location and inner workings of Hawkins are going to be explored, once again challenging the main characters to keep their various secrets under wraps. But this could also mean that some of the supernatural incidents will no longer stay secret for long. Hopefully this means supporting characters like Mrs. Wheeler and Billy will properly join the narrative of the series, rather than being kept separate from all the Upside Down fun.
It's unclear when Stranger Things will return for its third season, but keep it at CinemaBlend for all the updates. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our superhero premiere list and Amazon premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.
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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