Stranger Things is about to get some very interesting new faces for Season 3. On Wednesday, Variety announced that two famed character actors, Cary Elwes and Jake Busey, would be heading to Hawkins, Indiana, to join forces with the rest of the Stranger Things cast. Interestingly, we’ve already learned some key details about their characters, and that means we can start making educated guesses about what kinds of plots these fellas will be involved in. Let the speculating begin!
Elwes is most recognizable as Westley from the hit 1987 romantic drama The Princess Bride. Stranger Things has a history of casting beloved ’80s stars like Sean Astin and Winona Ryder to partake in their ’80s-set TV show (a bit of metalike casting never hurts, right?), so putting Elwes into the lineup feels pretty par for the course. According to Variety, Elwes will be playing Mayor Kline, who is described as “‘handsome, slick, and sleazy’ […] ‘Your classic ’80s politician — more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs.'” Gosh, sounds like a real charmer, huh?
While fans have been slow to work up their own theories about how Kline and Bruce could fit into the tapestry of Season 3, we have some serious thoughts about it. First off, expect to hear Elwes quote one of his most famous lines from The Princess Bride (“As you wish”) at least once or twice in Season 3. But it’s also very easy to envision an arc on the show in which Kline is somehow involved with the strange projects that have gone on at Hawkins Lab. Think about it: If the lab has operated within the town limits for years and has had access to all sorts of freaky things, either the mayor of Hawkins is blissfully ignorant or he’s involved in some way — we’ll go with the latter considering the way he’s been described. What we’re wondering is: If he is involved, what’s in it for him? What does he know about what’s going on?
Busey (who, yes, is Gary Busey’s son) may be a little less familiar to viewers — his biggest roles to date have been in films like Starship Troopers, Contact and The Frighteners. These were ’90s films with extraterrestrial or supernatural aspects to their plots, which lines up perfectly with the spooky vibe of Stranger Things. Busey’s character, Bruce, is a local reporter for The Hawkins Post “with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor.”
Elwes and Busey aren’t the only new actors to join Stranger Things in Season 3. On March 2, Variety announced that Maya Thurman-Hawke (daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke) would be joining the cast as a series regular playing an “alternative girl” who is seeking adventure and hoping to get away from the confines of her day job in Hawkins.
Something tells us there’s plenty of adventure to be had, and it’s only going to get more adventurous in Season 3. The only question left to ask is: Are you going to be watching when the new season drops?