12:07pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'Stranger Things': Meet the 3 New Characters Joining Season 2
Stranger Things is already searching for newcomers to fill out its second-season cast.
The same day that Netflix renewed the drama for nine episodes due out in 2017, series executive producer Shawn Levy told The Hollywood Reporter that some new castmembers would be added in season two.
"There's definitely a handful of really compelling new characters this season, but absolutely servicing the core group first and foremost," he said, later adding that the additions span a range of ages. "Like the show itself, it's multigenerational new characters and really, really intriguing ones."
According to a casting breakdown obtained by THR, the show's creative team — led by creators Matt and Ross Duffer — is looking for at least three actors to board the sci-fi thriller and play characters new to Hawkins named Max, Roman and Billy. Both Max and Roman are billed as series regulars, while Billy is listed as a potential series regular.
Max is a tough and confident 13-year-old female whose appearance, behavior and pursuits are more typical of boys than of girls in the era. She has a complicated history and a difficult relationship with her stepbrother, Billy, that's made her protective of her past and generally suspicious of those around her. She's also good on a skateboard, which she uses to get around pretty much everywhere.
Billy is a super muscular, overconfident 17-year-old. He's so captivating and edgy that there are rumors flying around that he killed someone at a school he attended in the past. Billy steals peoples' girlfriends, is a drinking-game pro and drives a black Camaro. But his violent and unpredictable nature shows itself to those closest to him, especially to ones who are younger than he is.
Roman, meanwhile, is described as a male or a female of any ethnicity between the ages of 30 and 38. After growing up homeless with a drug-addicted mother, he or she suffered a great loss at an early age and has been seeking revenge ever since. Roman is ultimately an outsider who doesn't understand how to connect with people.
The second season, which will pick up nearly a year later, in the fall of 1984, will shoot in Atlanta, Ga., roughly from October to April. In the upcoming installment — which Levy says the writers and producers are viewing less as a second season and more as a sequel — Hawkins residents believe that the horror from last year is finally over but quickly learn that's not the case.
"When terrifying supernatural forces once again begin to affect Hawkins, they realize Will's disappearance was only the beginning," reads an official season two logline posted with the casting breakdown. "And so the adventure continues …"