Astin and Reiser join Stranger Things

Production of season 2 of Stranger Things is underway.  Photos from the first table read for season 2 were released on-line a few days ago.  We now have some casting news about some new characters set to appear in the new season.

According to Entertainment Weekly, well known 80s actors, Sean Astin and Paul Reiser, have been added to the cast.  Here’s their breakdown:

Sean Astin, (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings trilogy) will play Bob Newby, “a kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.”

Paul Reiser (Aliens, Whiplash) has been cast as Dr. Owens, “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.”

Awesome casting, Stranger Things!  I can already see Reiser fitting in well as the “villain” and Astin bringing some likeable personality and depth to his role.  I can’t wait for all the possible mashups about to explode on the Internet!  Is the Dept. of Energy the organization that spawns the Company/Weyland Yutani in the future?  Is the Demogorgon a Predator that needs to be thrown into Mount Doom?  Is it Gollum?  So many mashup possibilities! What do you think of this casting?  Any other conspiracy mashup theories? Comment below!

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