ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
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Kristin Lai

It didn't take long for the Stranger Things to become a global phenomenon. And, when considering the talents of the cast and crew, it's really no surprise that did happen.

Mere days following its premiere on Netflix, fans were eagerly questioning whether there would be a followup season. Just a couple of weeks after the requests started pouring in, showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer announced that Season 2 of Stranger Things would make its way to the streaming platform sometime in 2017.

Though Stranger Things Season 2 likely won't be reaching audiences for a good long, the excitement is already ramping up with every additional quote, comment or announcement regarding the series. Today, The Hollywood Reporter announced the Duffer Brothers' casting choices for two of three new characters set to join the series.

In September, TV Line released the names and character descriptions for the roles, but now it's finally time to meat the newest residents of Hawkins, Indiana: Max and Billy.

Sadie Sink, IMDb
Sadie Sink, IMDb

Sadie Sink will be playing Max, described as a 12 to 14 year old girl who doesn't subscribe to typical 1980s gender stereotypes and is classified as "tough and confident." Sink has performed on Broadway in the Annie revival and alongside Helen Mirren in The Audience.

As for on camera work, she has appeared in guest roles in The Americans and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and played Suzanne Ballard in the series American Oddessy. As the first episode title for Season 2 is "Madmax," I think it's safe to say she'll become a mainstay in Mike's main group of friends.

Dacre Montgomery, IMDb
Dacre Montgomery, IMDb

Playing Max's hyper-confident, muscular, Camero-driving older brother Billy is Dacre Montgomery. Twenty-one-year-old Montgomery may only have a few acting credits to his name, but 2017 is shaping up to be his breakout year. In addition to landing the role of Billy, he will also be playing Jason Lee Scott, the Red Ranger, in Lionsgate's Power Rangers reboot.

There's still no word on the casting for the third new character, Roman, but given the Duffer Brothers' penchant for sharing exciting news with their fans, I'm sure we'll hear more soon.

The good news and celebratory high-fives can also be shared with returning cast members Joe Keery (playing Steven Harrington) and Noah Schnapp (as Will Beyers), both of who were promoted from recurring characters to series regulars.

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It's been all but confirmed that other cast members we can expect to see return include Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair). And if Will and Mike are back, chances are their families, Winona Ryder (Joyce Beyers), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Beyers) and Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), will also be along for the ride.

Currently we don't know whether breakout star Mille Bobby Brown (Eleven) will be coming back from the Upside Down, but in an interview with Lorraine in the UK, she sounded assured that either way, Season 2 will not disappoint.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to be in [season two] but it's fantastic, has great writers and directors ... it will be good."

Unfortunately, there is one fan-favorite character we know won't be returning. During his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, David Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hopper, said that poor Barb is most certainly dead.

“And the internet rage at Chief Hopper over not caring about Barb, I’m sorry. I have a little boy I have to save!"I can assure you, if you think Barb is coming back, she’s fully dead".

Sorry, Barb.

There is no confirmed release date for Stranger Thing Season 2, but we do know it will be available for streaming sometime in 2017.

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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter, TV Line]