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."
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. Billy, Max's stepbrother, is a super muscular, overconfident 17-year-old. Roman, meanwhile, is described as a male or a female of any ethnicity between the ages of 30 and 38.
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 online. "And so the adventure continues …"