13. James McAvoy
When it comes to both the sci-fi and fantasy genres, James McAvoy has been proving himself a force to be reckoned with lately.
For starters, he plays Professor Charles Xavier in the rebooted X-Men franchise. This series doesn’t show any signs of slowing down (even in spite of at least one movie with pretty awful reviews), which is a great sign as far as us seeing more of this charming Scot. He plays “supernatural leader” with ease.
You may have also recently seen him in the mind-bender Split, where he plays a kidnapper with dissociative identity disorder. I hadn’t expected much out of this movie when I first sat down to watch it, but McAvoy really delivered as both powerful and terrifying. Like with X-Men, Split already has a planned sequel.
Both of these major roles would lend themselves nicely to the Stranger Things universe. ST has been compared (many times) to X-Men, as it features kid(s) with special abilities. Although this is pretty much where the similarities stop, I still think it’d be interesting to see an X-Men alum hit Hawkins. McAvoy could easily step into a leadership role for the Party, there to teach and to guide.
I’m not sure it’s likely we’ll see McAvoy in the series anytime soon, as his role with X-Men is probably a little too close to the comparisons made by critics about the Netflix show. Still, I think he’s a wonderful actor who would bring a lot of gravitas to such a supernatural world.