It's not exactly a return to the Upside Down, but Netflix has announced the start of production of Stranger Things Season 3 with a video that offers a glimpse of the first table read.
It actually happened a week ago, on April 20, with familiar faces coming together with "a few strangers" -- Maya Thurman-Hawke, Jake Busey and Cary Elwes, among others -- to begin what's described only as "a new adventure." The footage closes with Priah Ferguson, who returns in an expanded role as Lucas' little sister Erica, saying "Get out of here, nerds," followed by a far more ominous shot of the auditorium turning ... upside down.
Little has been revealed about the third season of the sci-fi phenomenon, beyond that it will introduce as new evil to fictional Hawkins, Indiana, and give poor Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) a bit of a break.
“We’re not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row," executive producer Shawn Levy said. "He’ll be dealing with stuff, but he won’t be at rock bottom the way we forced the amazing Noah Schnapp to play [previously].”
Also, we'll see more of Joe Keery in his fan-favorite role as "Dad Steve" from Season 2. “I don’t want to say much more," Levy said, "but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve.”
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair, Cary Elwes as Mayor Kline, Jake Busey as Bruce and Maya Thurman-Hawke as an "alternative girl" who's name hasn't been revealed. The first two seasons are available now on Netflix.