Stranger Things Season 2 casts Lord Of The Rings star

Hawkins is getting new residents in Stranger Things Season 2

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We’re just as excited about Season 2 of Stranger Things as everybody else, so in addition to the table read photo that was released yesterday (see above), it’s nice to see that new cast members are already being added to the equation to stir things up in Hawkins and the Upside Down.

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Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord Of The Rings.

First up is Sean Astin, who you’ll all remember as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Mikey in The Goonies – which, of course, the show was heavily inspired by (as well as more recently having a recurring role in Season 1 of The Strain). Here, he will play Bob Newby, described by Entertainment Weekly as “a kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.”

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Linnea Berthelsen has joined the cast of Stranger Things for Season 2.

Also on board is newcomer Linnea Berthelsen as 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.” Could she have a connection with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown)?

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Paul Reiser in Whiplash.

Completing the trumvirate is Paul Reiser. Another recognisable genre face, having played weaselly Weyland-Yutani representative Burke in Aliens, here he is Dr Owens, “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.” We’re going to hazard a guess and say he’s an antagonist.

They join fellow newcomers Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, as well as returning cast members Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapps, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton and Joe Keery.

Stranger Things: Season 2 will air on Netflix sometime in 2017 – read our review of Season 1 here. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.