Netflix hit Stranger Things resumed filming in late September, following a several-month pause due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The fourth season, which was recently revealed to not be the final one following prevalent rumors that the show was ending, will feature more action set outside the town of Hawkins, Indiana, which served as the primary setting of the first three seasons.
With new locations, of course, come new characters – and recently, creators The Duffer Brothers made quite the exciting casting announcement indeed. Robert Englund, best known for playing the terrifying killer Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare On Elm Street horror film franchise, will be joining the Stranger Things team as Victor Creel, a murderer currently being held in a mental facility. This is especially interesting as the first Nightmare On Elm Street film released in 1984, around when the show is set, and the squad of kids are known horror movie fans. Maybe one of them will comment that Englund’s character resembles a certain film character – who knows!
Accompanying Englund’s character is Peter Ballard, an orderly working at the mental hospital, played by Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight Saga and Fantastic Beasts franchise). At Hawkins High, Eduardo Franco (American Vandal) will play a pizza-delivering stoner named Argyle, while Joseph Quinn (Dickensian) will appear as Dungeons and Dragons club president Edward “Eddie” Munson. Other new characters include military professional Lt. Colonel Sullivan (Sherman Augustus,) Russian smuggler Yuri (Nikola Duricko,) popular Hawkins denizen Jason Carver (Mason Dye) and prison guard Dimitri (Game of Thrones’ Tom Wlaschiha.) Additionally, Levon Thurman-Hawke, brother of cast member Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley) will appear in an undisclosed role.
The majority of the previous seasons’ main characters will be returning, including Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour,) whose fate was left ambiguous at the end of Season 3. Hawke’s Robin and two other characters – sassy younger sibling Erica Sinclair (Priah Ferguson) and conspiracy theorist Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman) – have been promoted to the main cast.
It is currently unknown when Season 4 of Stranger Things will be released on Netflix.