When ‘Stranger Things’ premiered on Netflix back in July, it wasn’t long before the streaming network realized that it had a massive hit on its hands. Wasting no time, Netflix announced before the summer even ended that the hit series had been renewed for a second season. Though news on the second season remains scarce, it does occasionally trickle out, and today’s news is especially exciting, as it deals with casting.

Much of the acclaim ‘Stranger Things’ received was for its casting as well as for the storytelling. And with the series’ mythology expanding in the second season, so too is the cast of characters. Today’s announcement brings into the fold Linnea Berthelsen as Roman and Paul Reiser as Dr. Owens. But of today’s casting announcements, perhaps the most appropriate, given the 1980s flavor that permeates the show, is that of ‘The Goonies‘ star Sean Astin as Bob Newby.


The casting was announced in ‘The Hollywood Reporter‘, which also included brief descriptions of the new characters:

Bob Newby, a kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce and Hopper and now manages the local Hawkins Radio Shack.

Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a “clean-up” assignment who is tasked with containing the events of last year.

Roman, an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab.

Season Two of ‘Stranger Things’ is planned to make its debut on Netflix in 2017, though no premiere date has been announced at this time. When the season premieres, Berthelsen, Reiser, and Astin will join fellow newcomers Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, as well as returning stars Millie Bobby Brown,  Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Joe Kerry, Noah Schnapp, Matthew Modine, and Winona Ryder.

Stay tuned to for more news on the series as it happens!