The world of Stranger Things is set to get a lot more "upside-down-ier" (definitely not a thing) with Netflix adding The Princess Bride's Cary Elwes and Starship Trooper's Jake Busey to the upcoming third season of the popular sci-fi series. Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, made the announcement as part of a panel presentation at the streaming service's See What's Next event in Rome.
Elwes' (Saw) Mayor Kline is described as a classic '80's politician: handsome, slick, and sleazy; more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs. Busey's (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) Bruce is a journalist for the The Hawkins Post with highly questionable morals and a twisted sense of humor.
With work currently underway on Stranger Things season 3 (Stranger Things 3?), the eight-episode season moves the show's timeline ahead a year and introducing new "big bads" for our heroes to confront. Priah Ferguson's Erica Sinclair — Lucas's (Caleb McLaughlin) little sister — has been promoted to series regular; and Maya Hawke (Little Women) has joined as Robin, an "alternative girl" stuck in a mundane day job who craves excitement in her life – and gets more than she expected when she uncovers Hawkins' dark secrets."
At last month's PaleyFest, executive producer Shawn Levy discussed another major change to the series with the upcoming season:
"Season 3 is set in the summer, so right out of the gate that's a big difference. The first two seasons were very much school-based. This is that time of year where it's not about school, it's about the swimming pool and campfires and parades and Fourth of July and fireworks, so there's kind of a poppy fun to Season 3 that's really enjoyable before things inevitably turn super dark."
Netflix's Stranger Things stars Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton and McLaughlin. Series co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer also serve as executive producers; alongside Levy, Iain Paterson, and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps.