Production on the second season of Stranger Things is currently underway in Georgia and the series is continuing to add talent to the already stellar cast. Variety has confirmed that actor-comedian Brett Gelman (Jobs, The Other Guys) has been cast in the role of Murray Bauman, a disgraced journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist who is investigating a cold case in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Bauman might just be the character the show needs to blow the lid off of the top-secret experiment gone wrong at the Hawkins national lab.
Gelman joins a list of recently announced stars for the second season which includes Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Paul Reiser (Aliens, Mad About You), danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) and broadway star Sadie Sink. 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.
Executive Producer Shawn Levy recently spoke with Collider and provided insight to some of the challenges facing the residents of Hawkins, Indiana in the second season:
“Will Byers was in that Upside Down for a while. So Season 2 is about this determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins, in the Byers family, in that group of friends, and it’s the struggle to reclaim normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.”
Don’t let Stranger Things’ packaging as a television show fool you, structurally and narratively it is very much a six and a half hour movie broken up into eight reels. The Duffer Brothers have said that season two will be much more like a movie sequel rather than a traditional second season of a series.
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 sequel is said to be bigger and darker yet familiar.
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.
You can check out some set photos from the production snapped earlier this week here.
Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.