Following up a critically acclaimed performance in HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, Winona Ryder returns to TV in Netflix's Stranger Things. Looking like a hardcore homage to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King with a Blade Runner-esque soundtrack, the first trailer has hit the Web and stirred up excitement for anyone who's been waiting patiently for a Winona vehicle.
And just check out those shades of E.T. meets 1980s Without a Trace!
The series is set in small-town Indiana. Ryder plays Joyce Byers, whose son mysteriously disappears, putting her into a panic. She enlists the help of the local police, but a group of her son's friends decide to conduct their own search, encountering strange things including a girl with a mystery of her own.
Looking frantic, Ryder is the mom I'd want out looking for me if I went missing.
As an '80s/'90s teen queen, it seems fitting for Ryder to return to the decade that kicked off her career in this new role. This may not be the grown-up Lydia Deetz or Veronica she was born to play, but we'll take what we can get. And now that we see just how mysterious the show looks, it remains one of our most hotly anticipated new series, especially among Netflix's original offerings.
In a recent interview with People, Ryder talked about tackling the role:
"It's all about trying something new. This is a genre that I enjoy watching, but haven't necessarily explored before, which drew me to the project. I think the audience will love the nostalgic voyage back in time before technology had completely took over. Kids were asked to put their toys away at dinner – not their phones. Yet, there were astronauts ... going to space and government conspiracies loomed. It was just such a different world back then.”
Stranger Things premieres July 15 on Netflix.