‘Stranger Things’ Cast and Directors Tease Season Two

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The cast and the creative team behind the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things were in attendance at the BAFTA Tea Party as well as the Golden Globes this weekend. While everyone was careful not to reveal anything about the upcoming sequel season which will drop on Netflix later this year, we did get a few interesting tidbits regarding the follow-up.

Executive Producer and Director Shawn Levy reiterated what we’ve already heard while promising Stranger Things 2 will continue to deliver the same magical Spielberg-like storytelling established in the first season telling Vanity Fair:

“Season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes. The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown. That’s all I’m going to say! But, I will say Season 2 has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It’s character-based and still about our core group of characters.”

Finn Wolfhard, the brilliant 14-year old actor behind Mike Wheeler, talked about the advantage the actors now have knowing who their characters are and how growing up a little bit since the first season is going to help them evolve in season two:

“Now that we’ve done a season, we know exactly about our characters. We are very conscious of them and can take them to the next level. I think we’ve grown up a little bit, and our characters have too. They have been through a lot and have used those experiences to help them grow and to be stronger in Season 2.”

Possibly the most interesting bit of information came from The Duffer Brothers themselves. While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, Matt Duffer revealed that one of the clues dropped in the announcement trailer for season two has changed:

“This is very cryptic but one of the clues in the teaser has changed because casting.”

My best guess is that the final episode of season two titled “The Lost Brother” is now “The Lost Sister” with the casting of Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, who plays 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. I’m probably wrong but my theory is that Roman was originally conceived of as a male character. Matt Duffer said the change came due to casting and other than “Mad Max”, “The Boy Who Came Back to Life”, and “The Pollywog”, there aren’t any other titles besides “The Lost Brother” that refer to a character. “The Pollywog” remains a mystery but it’s safe to say nothing has changed regarding the first two episode titles.

Stranger Things 2 picks up a year later in the fall of 1984 and will explore the consequences of Will Byers’ week spent in the upside down as well as the interdimensional portal which is still open at the Department of Energy. The characters are said to be struggling with the desire to return to a sense of normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.

The series has added Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Paul Reiser (Aliens, Mad About You)Linnea Berthelsen, Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), broadway star Sadie Sink, and Brett Gelman (Jobs). You can check out descriptions of their characters here. The new characters are said to be compelling but first and foremost in service to the core group of characters introduced in season one.

Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb Mclaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

SOURCES: THR, VANITY FAIR

New Look at Pennywise From Andy Muschietti’s ‘IT’ Remake

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The film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT from director Andy Muschietti (Mama) is said to be the truest adaptation of the novel yet, however. Rather than being split between the child and adult narratives like the book and the TV-Miniseries from 1990, the film will instead focus solely on the children and will later be followed by a sequel centered on the adults as they defeat the evil clown Pennywise for good. The film will also swap out the 1960’s era, setting the children’s storyline in the 1980’s, picking up with them as adults in modern day as opposed to the original 1980’s setting.

Thanks to the film’s makeup effects artist Tom Woodruff Jr., we have a new look at Pennywise played by Bill Skarsgård who is ready to make you float.

The film stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Olef, Jack GrazerJeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgård. Written by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Directed by Andy Muschietti.

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

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SOURCE: Tom Woodruff Jr.

The Boys Are Back On Their Bikes in New ‘Stranger Things 2’ Set Photos

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Production is currently underway on the sequel to this Summers smash hit series Stranger Things in Atlanta, GA. The second season has been teased as a bigger, darker, yet familiar continuation of the horror mystery sci-fi adventure that will inject action into the series with Aliens and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom cited as major influences. Stranger Things 2 continues the adventure a year later in the fall of 1984 as the Byers family and Will’s friends struggle to reclaim a sense of normalcy after the events of season one. Season two will explore the consequences of Will’s time in the upside down while dealing with the portal which remains open at the Department of Energy.

Thanks to the DailyMail, a few new set photos have hit the web revealing the kids back on their bikes on the streets of the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Another photo also reveals Lucas has his trusty binoculars from Vietnam on hand.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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SOURCE: DAILYMAIL

 

First Test Screening of Andy Muschietti’s ‘IT’ Next Week

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The losers club doesn’t make their theatrical debut until next September but a cut of the film is in order and New Line Cinema is ready to test it for audiences. If you live in Burbank, CA, you can catch a screening of the film next week on Thursday, December 15th.

The film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT from director Andy Muschietti (Mama) is said to be the truest adaptation of the novel yet, however. Rather than being split between the child and adult narratives like the book and the TV-Miniseries from 1990, the film will instead focus solely on the children and will later be followed by a sequel centered on the adults as they defeat the evil clown Pennywise for good.

The film will also swap out the 1960’s era, setting the children’s storyline in the 1980’s, picking up with them as adults in modern day as opposed to the original 1980’s setting.

Tickets are available at 1IOTA.

The film stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Olef, Jack GrazerJeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgård. Written by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Directed by Andy Muschietti.

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

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SOURCE: 1IOTA

Finn Wolfhard Talks Staying Normal in the Face of Stardom, Mileven, and More

Finn Wolfhard’s life changed forever when Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things made its debut on Netflix this past summer. The show featured a young group of children as the main characters led by Wolfhard in the role of Mike Wheeler, a 12-year old nerd who loves movies, science, dungeons and dragons, star wars toys, walkie-talkies, and ham shack radios.

As we all know, fame can severely affect a child negatively if the child doesn’t have the right guidance behind them helping to navigate the toxic industry of Hollywood. While speaking with Oyster Magazine, Wolfhard was asked how his friends have handled his recent rise to fame and the actor revealed it is his them who have kept him grounded in normalcy in his recent rise to superstar status.

“I think they’re handling it as well as I want [them to]! I don’t want them to be freaking out, because I try to be as normal as possible when I come home. It’s sort of great because my friends are a dose of reality, like, “Shut up, just come play video games with us. Stop being so self-centred.” And I think I need that. They all watch the show but they’re fine with it. They know I’m just a nerd [laughs], I’m just doing my job and they get that, which is very cool.”

Wolfhard isn’t just an incredibly talented actor. He’s a movie buff with aspirations to become a director later in life. On set, Wolfhard learned from everyone involved with the show but most of all the directors, The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy:

“I took a page from everyone’s book. I took a lot from Caleb because he’s a very good dramatic actor, and Gaten’s a good comedic actor because he just goes with it. But I think I learned the most from Shawn Levy and the Duffers. Shawn was our executive producer and the director for episodes three and four. I’m very interested in filmmaking and I’d love to direct. There are some sets where you can’t even go to Video Village [an area on set with portable monitors] and watch your own tape, which sucks and there’s not enough freedom, but that’s the job. On our set it was very supportive. After I’d done my scenes they’d be doing a scene with either Winona or Natalia [Dyer, who plays Mike’s sister Nancy] and they’d let me come back and learn the ropes of directing.”

When Stranger Things began, everyone knew they were watching something special as they were introduced to a group of kids ten hours deep into their Dungeons and Dragons campaign. What stood out was the extraordinary chemistry between the four. Not only did they seem to be best friends, it felt as if they had already known each other for years when in reality they had only known each other for a couple of months prior to filming.

“It was so cool because Caleb, Gaten and I, we all made friends. We instantly bonded and the first scene we shot was the first scene in the show, which is the D&D scene. I think that was the most fun and memorable scene to shoot, because it was like we’d known each other all our lives, even though we’d only known each other for, like, two months. It was very cool how we all came to set and just jumped in.”

At the heart of Stranger Things was the budding romance between Mike and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). The two managed to capture the innocence and purity of two kids falling in love at such a young age. Fans of the pair went wild on the internet, dubbing the fictional couple “Mileven”. Wolfhard talked about how their professionalism allowed for the two to feel so comfortable with each other as they were put in what had to be some very awkward situations for their age:

I think Millie and I are very comfortable with ourselves, which is really cool. We had a bond from the beginning, because I think Millie said one time that she’s crazy and I’m the straight man, but it’s sort of the opposite in Stranger Things because she completely downplays it; she’s amazing in it. I think we both knew that we were just doing our jobs and acting.

Watching Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler was a special experience for me. It’s one thing to watch a television show or a movie and identify with a character, but watching Mike made me feel like I was seeing myself as a kid. I grew up in the nineties and while my friends and I didn’t play D&D, it was still pre-internet, pre-9/11, when the world moved at a slower pace and felt much safer. I was a pretty big dork back in middle and high school and I rode my bike everywhere, even after my friends had moved on to go-peds before we started driving. When I was these kids racing their bikes at night, or riding them to school, I was instantly transported back to my own childhood.

To read the full interview including Wolfhard’s take on his “weird” generation head on over to Oyster.

The young star is also featured in the winter issue of Dazed Magazine where he discussed how natural it was for him to throw himself into the eighties having already been a fan of eighties culture and cinema prior to booking the role in Stranger Things. He’s a cool ass kid.

Wolfhard will next be seen in September of 2017 in the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s It as the motor mouth Richie Tozier. He is also currently shooting Stranger Things 2, which should hit Netflix sometime around the release of It.

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SOURCE: OYSTER MAG, DAZED DIGITAL

‘Stranger Things’: Behind The Scenes of Season One

The documentaries include interviews with the directors and the cast as well as never been seen looks into the sets and locations of the series including Mikes basement, Hawkins lab, and Hawkins Middle School.

A short behind the scenes documentary of Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things is available thanks to PILOTE la chronique série (h/t dakun). The documentary offers a never been seen look into the sets and locations of the series including Mikes basement, Hawkins lab, and Hawkins Middle School. Production designer Chris Trujillo and property master Lynda Reiss are on hand offering insight into the craft and care that was taken to deliver the show as an authentic period piece.Trujillo takes you on a walkthrough of the set for Hawkins lab where you can see the practical effects that were used to create the first layer of the tentacles bleeding over from the upside down. Some crew from the animatronics department are also featured as they showcase the Demogorgon suit worn by Mark Steger.

Lully de Verdade also has a documentary chronicling her visit to the set. Lully interviews Stranger Things directors the Duffer Brothers and the young cast including Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb Mclaughlin. The directors and the cast discuss the inspiration for the series and express their delight bringing it to life.

These documentaries are in French and Portuguese but all of the cast and crew being interviewed is in English.

Season one of Stranger Things is currently available to stream on Netflix.

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First Set Photos From ‘Stranger Things 2’

The 80’s are back! The cameras were rolling on Stranger Things 2 yesterday in Stockbridge, GA. Thanks to JustJared we have our first look at much of the returning cast as well as some new faces who could be guest stars or extras appearing in the first episode of the second season.

Season two is said to be bigger and darker yet familiar. The adventure continues a year later in the fall of 1984 and will explore the consequences of Will Byers’ week spent in the upside down and the portal that is still open at the Department of Energy. In addition to the return of Millie Bobby Brown as the iconic Eleven, the series will add 80’s stars Sean Astin (The Goonies), Paul Reiser (Aliens) as well as newcomers Linnea BerthelsenDacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) and broadway star Sadie Sink into the mix.

Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb Mclaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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SOURCES: JUSTJARED, DAILYMAIL