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– by David Kozlowski

It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for some Stranger Things 3 news, right? OK, that’s not exactly a thing, but we do have some info to share and rumors to spread. Let’s get started.

Here’s what we know, so far: Stranger Things 3 will introduce a new evil, remain 8 episodes in length, and begin shooting in April… but we won’t see any of this until some time in 2019. That’s what we know — and it’s not a lot honestly — but today’s reveal of new character descriptions sheds some light on the scope and scale for Season 3.

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Three new characters will join the returning cast, according to That Hashtag Show. (We presume that those who have perished in past seasons shall remain deceased… but one should never assume when it comes to sci-fi.) Let’s break it down:

Mayor Larry Kline — A classic, 80’s style slick politician. Pathetic and driven only by his own interests. The studio is looking for a male, aged from 40s-60s, to fill the role.”

Bruce — A morally compromised news reporter in his 50s. Outwardly sexist, overweight and bedraggled.”

Patricia Brown — A sweet, neighborhood elder in her 70s who will spend a lot of time tending to her garden and offering her advice to the neighborhood kids.”

While these characters don’t sound particularly sexy or exciting, we should wait to hear the casting before we judge. Remember that last season’s new additions included Paul Reiser (Aliens) and Sean Astin (The Goonies) — note-perfect actors for Stranger Things‘ 1980s setting.

Taking a step back, these new characters (politician, reporter, retiree) suggest that whatever monster or threat is introduced will be spilling out and corrupting the entire fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Recall that the horrors of the first two seasons were largely localized to a few locations (laboratory, high school, Will’s house, the Upside Down world). It was always a bit strange that the majority of the town was oblivious to what was happening in and around their city’s limits, so this could be a really exciting development.

Also, recall that Nancy and Jonathan sent a package to the Chicago Sun-Times in Season 2, which further implies that outsiders will be peeking over the bushes in Season 3. Expanding the storytelling to all of Hawkins could be really fun, as this will ensure Sheriff Hopper’s hair is constantly on fire, and perhaps expose him for keeping secrets from his constituents. That’s a lot of potential conflict (and also the end of our speculation for today).

Hopefully, we’ll get some casting news soon — and lord knows that there’s plenty of age-appropriate, 80s sci-fi actors looking for work (Peter Weller, Michael Biehn, and Carl Weathers, you’re all on the clock).

What are you expecting from the new cast additions in Stranger Things 3? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: SlashFilm , That Hashtag Show

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.