It’s the Summer of Love in Hawkins, Indiana, and the kids are growing up. Netflix released the first official trailer for “Stranger Things 3” on Wednesday morning.
Unlike the first two seasons, which both took place around Halloween, “Stranger Things 3” sets the story in the summer of 1985. The second season left off with Will Byer fighting to free himself from the connection that held him psychologically bound to the Upside Down, while everyone dealt with the traumas inflicted in season 1. But now, it’s summer vacation and Hawkins has a brand new mall, a new mayor, and a new monster lurking in the shadows. The kids are growing up, but they still face the demons of the past.
“Stranger Things” was an instant sensation when it debuted on Netflix in October 2016. It earned Golden Globe nominations for the series and for actress Winona Ryder. The first season also snagged several Primetime Emmy nominations and stunned everyone by winning the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series. Season 2 repeated many nominations, though it yielded fewer wins.
“Stranger Things” was created by the Duffer Brothers, who had previously worked on short films before writing and producing for the M. Night Shyamalan-created series “Wayward Pines.”
The series reignited Ryder’s career, casting her as Joyce Byers, mother of Will, who was kidnapped and held in the Upside Down in the first season. It also provided a boost for David Harbour, previously a character actor who appeared in films like “Quantum of Solace” and TV series such as “The Newsroom.” Now, Harbour takes on the title role in the upcoming reboot of “Hellboy.”
“Stranger Things” also launched the careers of its child stars. The most popular have been Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard. She has been singled out for awards nominations, and he co-starred in “It: Chapter One” two years ago. Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Noah Schnapp have all gained notoriety for the show, too.
The third season introduces a few new characters, including Cary Elwes as the new Mayor of Hawkins.