Actors Cary Elwes and Jake Busey will join the “Stranger Things” cast in the show’s third season, Netflix announced Wednesday.
Elwes, known for “The Princess Bride,” will play a character named Mayor Kline, while Busey, from “Starship Troopers,” will play Bruce.
Mayor Kline is being described by Netflix promotional materials as “handsome, slick, and sleazy.” “Your classic ’80s politician – more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs.” The Bruce character played by Busey is “a journalist for the The Hawkins Post, with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor.”
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos made the new casting announcement at Netflix’s See What’s Next event in Rome, where the streaming giant announced a slew of new productions from Europe and elsewhere around the world.
As previously announced, Maya Hawke will be one of the new leads in “Stranger Things,” while Priah Ferguson has been upped to a recurring role. The hit show also stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Winona Ryder and David Harbour.
The show is executive produced by the Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy, Iain Paterson, and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps. The release date of “Stranger Things 3″ has not yet been announced.
Commenting on the amazing success of “Stranger Things,” Sarandos said it had “20 times more tweets than all of the films released at the U.S. box office the week it was released.”
“But our hits are not just coming from the U.S. anymore,” he added. “Our next ‘Stranger Things’ could just as likely come from anywhere in the world. I have a strong feeling it could come from right here.”
Sarandos, who did not take questions, noted that Netflix has ramped up its European productions and doubled down on investment in content from the U.K.
Aside from several new Netflix originals from Europe, announced earlier Wednesday by Netflix Vice President of International Originals Erik Barmack, other new shows by the streaming giant include “13 Novembre: Fluctuat Nec Mergitur,” a three-part documentary “exploring the human stories behind the Parisian terrorist attacks on November 13th, 2015,” which will launch on June 1.
Also in the pipeline:
– A docu-series based on one of the biggest cold cases in French history, the murder of Grégory Villemin in 1984. Elodie Polo Ackermann will serve as producer (Imagissime – Lagardère Studios) and Gilles Marchand as showrunner.
– “The Staircase,” a docu-series on Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed. Produced by Matthieu Belghiti and produced and directed by Academy award-winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (“Un Couple ideal”).
– The third season of what Netflix says is its most-watched non-English language series, “La Casa de Papel,” which is known outside Spanish-speaking markets as “Money Heist.”
– Netflix’s first Italian original feature film, “Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti” (“Forgive Us Our Debts”), directed by Antonio Morabito, toplining Claudio Santamaria, Marco Giallini and Jerzy Stuhr.
– Italian directors Andrea De Sica (“Children of the Night”) and Anna Negri (“Good Morning Heartache”) have been announced as the directors of Netflix’s second Italian original show, “Baby,” which has just started production. It is inspired by an adolescent prostitution scandal in Rome that made headlines. Benedetta Porcaroli, Alice Pagani, Isabella Ferrari, and Claudia Pandolfi are among the main cast.
– Casting for French original, the romantic comedy “Generation Q.” The eight-part series will star Zita Hanrot (“Fatima”), Sabrina Ouazani (“Taxi 5”), and Josephine Draï (“Babysitting 2”). Unrated Studios is producing the Paris-set series. Four of the eight episodes will be directed by Renaud Bertrand (“Just the Three of Us”).