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Stranger Things 3, the third season of Stranger Things, was officially announced on December 1, 2017. It is currently in production. An official release date for the season has yet to be revealed, though several cast members have stated it will most likely have a 2019 release. A teaser trailer released in July hinted at a possible summer 2019 release date.
Cast and characters
- Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
- David Harbour as Jim Hopper
- Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
- Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
- Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
- Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
- Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
- Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield
- Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
- Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
- Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
- Dacre Montgomery as Billy Hargrove
- Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair
- Maya Hawke as Robin
- Cary Elwes as Mayor Kline
- Jake Busey as Bruce
- Francesca Reale as Heather
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The Duffers stated they wanted to start the third season with a clean slate, intentionally ending the previous season with few cliffhangers, so that they can focus on creating a better story with more freedom. They also hinted that several ideas that didn't make it in the second season may be used. By mid-November, the season was in the early stages of development. In January, producer Shawn Levy revealed that all of the characters' story lines have already been planned out, and that the season will have eight or nine episodes, depending on the "amount of story that excites them." Levy also confirmed that Will Byers will not be the main victim this season, and that the friendship between Dustin Henderson and Steve Harrington will continue. In February, it was announced the season will have eight episodes. 
In March, Shawn Levy also revealed that Season 3 would take place during the summer of 1985, a year after the former season and added that the relationship between Mike and Eleven as well as Max and Lucas will continue. Moreover, he promised that Steve Harrington will have a much larger role.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Noah Schnapp told that the third season will be very unique as it will be combining both the darker elements of Season 2 and the lighter tone of Season 1. Additionally, Schnapp confirmed that Erica will have her own story-line with "someone from the cast". At Stranger Con, Noah also hinted the possibility of seeing more D&D scenes this season..
In July, Levy gave more information on the season's tone, saying it is going to "darker" places while also mentioning it has "heart and humor." David Harbour mentioned that the season will be taking risks and hinted at the inspiration from several films released during 1985. In addition, he described his character, Hopper, as being almost a combination of the previous versions of the character from the two prior seasons.
On March 2, Variety announced that Priah Ferguson, who portrays Erica Sinclair, had been upped to a recurring role. Her storyline for the season was described as "No longer content with sitting on the sidelines, Erica finds herself on a wild mission to save Hawkins from a dangerous new threat." They also revealed that Maya Hawke will be joining the cast as Robin, an "'alternative girl' bored with her mundane day job. She seeks excitement in her life and gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a dark secret in Hawkins, Ind."
In April, it was announced that Cary Elwes, best known for his performance as Westley from The Princess Bride, had been cast as Mayor Kline, who is described as “handsome, slick, and sleazy. He is your classic ’80s politician — more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs.” Additionally, Jake Busey was revealed to have been cast as Bruce, a journalist for The Hawkins Post “with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor.”
According to actor David Harbour, production was scheduled to begin in April 2018. TVLine additionally reported that production was slated to begin in mid-April. Production officially began on April 20, and a production teaser was released on April 27, showing the cast members at the table read.
Filming for the season officially began April 23.
In preparation for filming, a portion of Gwinnett Place Mall, located in Duluth, Georgia, was refurbished to resemble an '80s-era mall, including several outlets popular during the time. According to casting calls looking for mall patrons and employees, filming at the location was scheduled to take place May 14 - 18.
According to cinematographer Tim Ives, filming for the first two episodes had completed on May 25.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 "Stranger Things Season 3 Episode Count (Finally) Revealed" TV Line. February 9, 2018
- ↑ "‘Stranger Things’ Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix" Deadline. December 1, 2017
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "David Harbour Talks 'Stranger Things' Season 3 Plans - Dubai International Film Festival" Variety. December 8, 2017
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "'Stranger Things': The Duffer Brothers on what's in store for Season 3" Yahoo. November 6, 2017.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "‘Stranger Things’: First Season 3 Details Revealed" The Hollywood Reporter. March 25, 2018
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "'Stranger Things' Season 3 Is Further Along Than You Think" Glamour. January 22, 2018
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 "‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Adds Maya Hawke, Ups Priah Ferguson" Variety. March 2, 2018.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Stranger Things season 3 appoints Cary Elwes as mayor" The Hollywood Reporter. April 18, 2018
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Casts ‘Haters Back Off’ Alum Francesca Reale" Variey. May 9, 2018
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 "Exclusive: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Starts Filming Monday; Andrew Stanton Not Returning" Collider.April 21, 2018
- ↑ "'Stranger Things' Season 2: The Duffer Brothers Dive Into the Final Scene" The Hollywood Reporter. October 27, 2017.
- ↑ "‘Stranger Things’: Duffer Brothers And Cast Reflect On Season 2, Keep Tight-Lipped On Season 3" Deadline. November 18, 2017
- ↑ "Noah Schnapp Teases 'Stranger Things' Season 3: "It’s Very Different" " The Hollywood Reporter. June 5, 2018
- ↑ "Stranger Con short on Stranger Things 3 spoilers" Netflix Life. June 26, 2018
- ↑ "‘Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy & David Harbour On Darker, Riskier Season 3 And Jim’s Evolution" Deadline. July 12, 2018
- ↑ Instagram post by Jake Busey
- ↑ "Gwinnett Place Mall goes back to the future for ‘Stranger Things’" AJC. May 11, 2018
- ↑ "Casting TaylorMade NOW CASTING MULTIPLE DATES for STRANGER THINGS Atlanta, GA" TSCC. May 8, 2018
- ↑ 'Stranger Things,' Mall Employees for Matching Days" Backstage
- ↑ Instagram post by Tim Ives
- ↑ "Stranger Things Season 3 Sneak Peek: What's Steve Up to in Hawkins' New Mall?"