It’s still unclear when Stranger Things season 3 will come: either around Halloween or in early 2019. Still, production is set to begin any day now, and the new cast members joining Hawkins, Indiana, is shaping up. The latest addition? None other than the ultimate fairy tale hero: The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes!
Bring on the references!
The casting update was recently announced through a Netflix press release, adding he’ll be playing Mayor Kleine. It’s not specified, but it’s safe to assume he’ll be the mayor of Hawkins. Elwes’ character has been described as “your classic 80s politician — more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs.”
In other words, we can expect an extreme version of the type of character that made Elwes a superstar. Think of his Robin in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights or his Kent Gregory in Hot Shots. Handsome, debonair and mischievous.
He’ll be joining fellow 1980’s stars Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, Paul Reiser and Sean Astin’s unforgettable Bob. Plus, of course, the amazing cast of children we’ve loved for two seasons. It’ll be great to see Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven facing authority once more, now in the face of Westley.
Could we please have more Princess Bride cast members in Stranger Things? Robin Wright probably has more free time these days, after House of Cards was canceled. And she definitely knows how to find the shooting lot. Or how about Mandy Patinkin, doing the Inigo Montoya monologue? Pretty please?
So far, the Duffer Brothers have done a great job in casting, without ever neglecting references. We can only hope we get more iconic actors from the era, playing slyly referential roles.
In the meantime, Elwes isn’t the only new addition to the cast. Joining him is Jake Busey, who will be playing Bruce, a journalist with The Hawkins Post with “questionable morals.” It seems the show will be exploring another 80s trope in its third season: the Wall Street era.
We cannot wait!