Media outlets such as Deadline and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Paul Reiser, Sean Astin and Linnea Bethelsen are the latest names to join the cast of Stranger Things for the upcoming second season on Netflix.
Released on the streaming service Netflix over the summer, Stranger Things took us to Hawkins, Indiana in 1983, where one night a young boy named Will Byers vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. The second season is set one year after these events, and will delve into the bigger mythology behind young Will Byers’ disappearance, Matt Duffer previously teased.
Paul Reiser (Whose credits include Aliens, Mad About You and Whiplash) will be playing the role of Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year. Sean Astin (Whose credits include The Goonies and The Lord of the Rings trilogy) will be playing the role of Bob Newby, a kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce and Sheriff Hopper and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack. Linnea Bethelsen (Whose credits include Teenland and The Desert) will be playing the role of Roman, an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab.
Returning in the second season are Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery and Noah Schnapp along with newcomers Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery.