Stranger Things is set to go into production for season three this month, but prior to, the cast and crew were on-site at the Dolby Theatre over the weekend to dish on the cult Netflix original series. Before the show’s PaleyFest panel discussion, executive producer Shawn Levy provided media on the red carpet with some insight into what to expect for the upcoming season, per The Hollywood Reporter.
First off, Stranger Things season three will take place during the summer of 1985, one year after the second season. In building on the way things left off, Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) are a couple, just like Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink).
“Mike and Eleven and are going strong, so that’s a relationship that continues, and same with Mad Max and Lucas,” Levy says. “But again, they’re like 13- or 14-year-old kids, so what does romance mean at that stage of life? It can never be simple and stable relationships and there’s fun to that instability.”
In addition to the budding romance(s), Steve Harrington, played by Joe Keery, will return in an even more prominent role centering around “Dad Steve,” who has befriended Mike, Lucas, and Dustin.
“We’ll definitely get to see some more of Steve Harrington in season three, and I’ll just say we won’t be abandoning the Dad Steve magic,” Levy adds. “I don’t want to say much more, but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve.”
Furthermore, Levy also notes Back to the Future as a reference for the impending third season, as the show continues to point to a number of classic ’80s films.
During Stranger Things season two we saw Will return from the Upside Down, while alongside Mike, Dustin, and Lucas, the guys welcomed a new girl into the gang, Max. Eleven in turn found her mother, and Mike’s sister Nancy and Will’s brother Jonathan exposed the questionable practices taking place at the Hawkins National Laboratory. Lastly, Eleven and Mike ended up together at the school’s Snow Ball dance, further solidifying their budding romance.
For more on the much-anticipated third season of Stranger Things, visit The Hollywood Reporter.
In related news, Maya Hawke, daughter to Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, will join the ‘Stranger Things’ cast for the forthcoming season.
- Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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