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Sean Astin and Paul Reiser Cast In Stranger Things Season 2

Linnea Berthelsen is also joining the extra-'80s cast

Liam Mathews

Stranger Things continues to lean in hard to its '80s influences with the announcement that Sean Astin, who is perhaps best known for starring in The Goonies, the 1985 adventure cult classic that's one of Stranger Things' biggest influences, is joining the cast in Season 2.

Netflix announced Monday that Astin, along with comedy icon Paul Reiser and Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, will join the previously announced new and returning cast members.


According to Netflix, Astin will play Bob Newby, "A kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack."

Reiser, best known for the '90s sitcom Mad About You, will play Dr. Owens, "A high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a 'clean-up' assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year." Sounds to me like Season 2 has its new main (human) bad guy who might be Dr. Brenner's boss (still no word on whether Matthew Modine will be back as Eleven's wicked papa).

Berthelsen, who is taking on her first American role, will play Roman, "An emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab." Roman...as in numerals? Which number was she?

What '80s teen idol would you like to see on Stranger Things Season 3? Corey Feldman's definitely available. And maybe Steve Guttenberg can play the President.

Stranger Things Season 2 went into production last week for a planned 2017 premiere.