'Stranger Things' season 2 spoilers: No plans to recast child actors


“Stranger Things” was undoubtedly the runaway hit of the summer as the Netflix original series was paid homage to ’80s classic movies such as “The Goonies,” “E.T.” and “IT.” While the show creators, Mike and Ross Duffer, modelled the first season after Steven Spielberg and Stephen King hits, the pair is now channeling inspiration from a popular franchise as they look forward to having more seasons of the show.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the Duffer brothers said that their cast model for future seasons is based on the “Harry Potter” films, which saw Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Rupert Grint (Ron) grow into their roles, along with the rest of the cast of the popular franchise.

“The dream is a ‘Harry Potter’ situation,” Mike said about the Netflix series.

“Stranger Things” became a hit as it cast ’80s queen Winona Ryder along with five child actors, including Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair). The show creators said that they have no intention of recasting the kids should there be more instalments of “Stranger Things.”

“The idea seeing where these kids and these characters are one year later is cool to me,” said Mike. “And it allows us to explore the mythology of our nether.”

The show has yet to be renewed for a second season, but given the positive reaction to the series, it is likely that “Stranger Things” will be green-lit for season 2 by the streaming service. No word has been said about a next season, and Brown recently said that she has heard nothing as of the moment.

The brothers have a plan in place should a second season renewal come, and Ross said that there might be a bit of a time jump in the next season.

“I think we have to let time pass,” said Ross to The Seattle Times, adding that the children have been growing while they were filming the first season. “We can’t pick up at Christmastime, where we left off.”