Stranger Things season 2: Sean Astin, Paul Reiser and ‘next Eleven’ join cast

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 10: Actor Sean Astin arrives for the 2nd Annual North Hollywood Cinefest with proceeds benefitting cervical
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 10: Actor Sean Astin arrives for the 2nd Annual North Hollywood Cinefest with proceeds benefitting cervical /
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The Stranger Things season 2 cast continues to grow and now there are stars from Aliens and The Goonies joining the Netflix show.

On the heels of the official announcement that Millie Bobby Brown is returning for season 2 of Stranger Things, there is another announcement, via Entertainment Weekly, for new cast members joining the Netflix series.

The show is about to get underway with production for the nine-episode second season and new episodes are scheduled to air in 2017, most likely in the fall, and some new faces will be joining the cast from season 1.

If Stranger Things was inspired by The Goonies, then it only makes sense to add someone from that iconic 80s movie, right? Right. Sean Astin who played Mikey in The Goonies and also starred in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy plays Bob Newby, a character who went to high school with Joyce and Hopper (David Harbour) and manages the local RadioShack. Considering how much the kids enjoy their HAM radio, we can assume Bob will help the kids communicate (with the upside down) with all sorts of cool mid-80s technology.

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Also joining the cast is Paul Reiser who played a villain in Aliens, among his many other roles, and could be a bad guy in this new role as Dr. Owens. According to Netflix, he plays “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.”

Yeah, he’s totally a “bad guy” if he works for the government and has to clean-up what went down in season 1.

And there was a third new cast member announced as well, although not one with as recognizable of a name or career background as Astin and Reiser. Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen will play Roman who is described by Netflix as “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…”

They just had to use the word magnetic, didn’t they? Could she have some special powers like our friend Eleven? I think that’s a safe assumption and I think we will see more of the test subjects since we are led to believe there are at least 10 other people who came before Eleven.

While you wait for season 2, you can revisit the first season on Netflix and see why it ranks so high on our list of the 50 best TV dramas on Netflix.