After binging the entire first season of Stranger Things when it hit Netflix earlier this summer, we're left to fill the Demogorgon shaped hole left in our lives with the news, rumors and countless theories regarding its second season. Yet even though we know the hype will eventually calm down, there's one thing that's guaranteed to keep us clicking — the Stranger Things cast is awesome.
Not only did this smash hit bring back forgotten stars like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, but it brought a bunch of new faces to the scene that are as adorable out of character as they are in — we are of course talking about the kids. And, though we fully expect the bulk of Season 1's cast (sans, Barb, sorry folks — you'll have to find your justice elsewhere) to remain the same, there'll undoubtably be updates and additions.
However, until we know for sure who's coming and going, here's a round up of the guys we can pretty much guarantee will appear in Stranger Things Season 2, alongside some fun facts about each one, because why not.
1. Winona Ryder
Character: Joyce Byers
Stranger Things marked something of a comeback for Ryder who, after a run in with the law in 2001, had been noticeably absent from our screens. The '90s icon stars as Joyce Byers, the mother left hysterical after her son goes missing and, while many have claimed to find Ryder's portrayal irritating, I believe it's a return to form, for no one nails off-kilter cray like she does.
Where you'll know her from: Mermaids, Little Women, Girl, Interrupted, Beetlejuice, Black Swan, Edward Scissorhands
Fun fact: She's so tech illiterate that when Netflix approached her for Stranger Things, she had no idea what streaming was.
2. David Harbour
Character: Chief Jim Hopper
Harbour has been working the cinematic circuit since his debut in Law & Order back in '99, bagging a Tony Award nomination six years later for his performance in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The 42-year-old actor resides in New York City and claims Stranger Things marks a turning point in his career, telling The Daily Beast:
"It was the best pilot script I’d ever read. It was very subtle in the way it worked its magic, but I thought there was true magic in it. I was blown away by the character. It was the guy I’ve always wanted to play and I thought, well, I’ll never get cast in this, so I may as well read it and enjoy it, but I’m sure they’re going to want a big star for this, because it’s a real flashy role. And then apparently the [Duffer brothers] were really interested in me ... I was very surprised that I was even being considered—and then thrilled to get the part."
Where you'll know him from: Quantum of Solace, Revolutionary Road, Pan Am, The Equalizer, End of Watch, Suicide Squad
Fun fact: His character name is a direct nod to an '80s movie — an era Stranger Things plays homage to throughout the series — specifically a character Arnold Schwarzenegger goes looking for in 1987's Predator.
3. Millie Bobby Brown
Character: Jane "Eleven" Ives
So sure was Millie's family of her impending success that their support pushed them to the brink of bankruptcy, selling everything to move from the UK to Hollywood. Money got so tight that her manager, Melanie Greene, loaned them cash — a debt that assumedly has been more than paid off, seeing as Millie is now one of the hottest young actresses on the block!
Where you'll know her from: Intruders, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Fun fact: She trains in Thai boxing and Jiu Jitsu, and even has a punching bag in her garden — making her pretty perfect for whippin' demon butt both on and off screen!
Bonus: Millie singing "Hallelujah" back in 2015 (age 11(!!)) will give you guaranteed goosebumps.
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4. Finn Wolfhard
Character: Mike Wheeler
In German, Finn's surname translates to "heart of the wolf," which is pretty damn cool, and something he can thank his German and French ancestry for. However, his need to portray others on screen comes not from his diverse heritage, but from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, the first movie he ever watched and his career inspiration!
Where you'll know him from: The 100, Supernatural, and next year's IT remake.
Fun fact: His Vine account is weird AF, you can listen to him talking to himself, smashing his head against a pillow and working some angles here — but first, a preview:
5. Gaten Matarazzo
Character: Dustin Henderson
Despite his 14 years, Matarazzo has become a hero for many, inspiring fellow suffers of cleidocranial dysplasia — a rare bone and teeth disorder — to feel better about themselves. Talking to People magazine, he said that Stranger Things had given him a platform to speak openly about the disease, adding:
"The feedback has been great. A lot of people were messaging me saying, 'You made me feel better about myself, that you can show that you have this condition on TV and embrace it.' I feel like I'm raising awareness for it. It makes me feel good."
Where you'll know him from: The Blacklist and Broadway productions Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Les Misérables.
Fun fact: His voice changed so dramatically by the time production ended that the sound team was unable to use him for additional dialogue!
6. Caleb McLaughlin
Character: Lucas Sinclair
Though we know him best for his portrayal of the instinctive and moral Lucas in Stranger Things, New York native Caleb McLaughlin is first and foremost trained in dance. He studied at The Harlem School of the Arts under Aubrey Lynch, a former producer of the Lion King — a.k.a. one of the best shows on Broadway.
Where you'll know him from: Law & Order, Shades of Blue, Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes
Fun fact: His Instagram feed will give you envy for days as it's mostly pics of him hanging with the likes of Stevie Wonder, LL Cool J and Dave Chappelle. Jealous!
7. Noah Schnapp
Character: Will Byers
The boy everyone's searching for in Season 1 of Stranger Things, Will, is played by 12-year-old Noah Schnapp, who discovered his love for acting at a young age. However, when he's not battling Demogorgon's on screen, he's writing plays that he performs with his sister, and chilling with his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Spaghetti (what a great name for a dog!).
Where you'll know him from: Bridge of Spies, Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie ...
Fun fact: Where voiced the one and only Charlie Brown!
8. Natalia Dyer
Character: Nancy Wheeler
Like the rest of the Stranger Things clan, Natalia bagged her first acting role at the tender age of 12 and she's come a long way since her Disney Channel darling days — from appearing in Hanna Montana's movie, to setting up Demogorgon traps and workin' a complicated on-screen love triangle. That's a Miley level turn around if ever we saw one!
Where you'll know her from: Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Greening of Whitney Brown, I Believe in Unicorns
Fun fact: To get into character for Stranger Things — she was born 14 years after the year the show's set, don't forget — Natalia turned to her mom's year books, bought Charlie perfume and binged on old-school slashers.
9. Charlie Heaton
Character: Jonathan Byers
Like most British actors, Heaton's early work (well, I say "early work," this is only going back a year) took place in the medical drama Casualty, a TV show that seems to be something of a rite of passage for budding actors — Orlando Bloom, Kate Winslet, Christopher Eccleston and Ray Winstone all started out here.
Where you'll know him from: Urban & the Shed Crew, Shut In, As You Are
Fun fact: He used to drum in a noise-rock band called Comanechi — not to paraphrase Mean Girls or anything, but we heard he does gigs... in Japan:
10. Joe Keery
Character: Steve Harrington
The opposite of his on-screen counterpart Steve, 24-year-old Joe Keery claimed he was actually super nervous when auditioning for the part and told The Wall Street Journal:
“We did a table read [in Atlanta] and Winona Ryder was there; I was freaking out.”
Though to be fair, when auditioning in front of cinema royalty, who wouldn't be?
Where you'll know him from: Chicago Fire, Empire, Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
Fun fact: Another musical Strange young Thing, Keery has his own band, Post Animal, check out the music video for their track "When I Get Home," below:
Who is you favorite from the 'Stranger Things' cast?