I could be crazy, but I remember reading an interview with the Duffers awhile back where they said they didn’t want stunt casting on Stranger Things. Arguably they threw that out the window with Sean Astin, but it really hits home with this new hire: Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. His character, Victor Creed, is described as “a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.” It’s pretty close to the origins of Freddy, who was born in an asylum and then committed murders later. Then he died, and then he lashed a teenager to his own bed with a bunch of disembodied tongues! Okay, the similarities stop there.
The Duffers also announced that SEVEN other people have been hired for the upcoming season, because a common complaint about Stranger Things is that there are too few characters in it. First on the list is Jamie Campbell Bower, playing an an orderly who works at the same ward Victor is imprisoned at (and who isn’t nearly as evil). Eduardo Franco is playing Jonathan’s new stoner best friend Argyle (that’s the kind of role that Pauly Shore would have taken if this was still the 80s).
Joseph Quinn plays Eddie Munson, leader of Hawkins High’s official D&D gathering, The Hellfire Club. This is also the title of the first episode, so now we know what it means. Now that Steve Harrington no longer fills the “high school pretty boy” role, Mason Dye will be playing the Steve replacement — as Jason Carver, top jock who has it all. A lot of these new guys sound like future victims of the latest monster.
Rounding out the cast are the folks that Hopper will meet in his current predicament: Nikola Djuricko as smuggler Yuri (can he smuggle people? Like Hopper?) and Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitri, a prison guard who seems to be on Hopper’s side — yet Hopper can’t be TOO trusting. He also may run into Sherman Augustus as Lt. Colonel Sullivan, who thinks he knows how to close the Hawkins Hellmouth once and for all (good luck with that, El couldn’t even do it).
Stranger Things Season 4 has resumed production after a lengthy COVID break, but the date of completion is unknown.