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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ adds two new cast members for Season 2

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As we all impatiently wait for the arrival of the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things, Netflix’s critically acclaimed love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, we’ve now learned that two new cast members have joined the cast of the beloved series as regulars.

Dacre Montgomery, who also stars in the upcoming first installment of the Power Rangers franchise as The Red Power Ranger, will play Billy, Max’s hyper-confident, and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games, and even drives a pretty nice black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma is a violent and unpredictable nature.

Max, a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behavior, and prsuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era, will be played by Sadie Sink. The character has a complicated history and is usually pretty suspcious of those around her. Sink began her professional acting career in the Broadway revival of Annie, and can be seen in the upcoming films The Glass Castle and The Bleeder.

Netflix has also announced that Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington, and Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byeers, have been flipped from recurring to series regulars.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 months or so and don’t know what Stranger Things is about, it’s set in 1983 Indiana where a young boy mysteriously vanishes into thin air. As his friends and family, with the help of local police, search for answers, they are drawn into a mystery involving top-secret government experiments and terrifying supernatural forces.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Millie Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo. Production on the second season has begun and is expected to be completed sometime in 2017.

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Kumail Nanjinai is joining the cast of Jordan Peele’s upcoming revival of ‘The Twilight Zone’

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With production on the next season of HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy series Silicon Valley currently stalled, Kumail Nanjinai is making the most of his time off by starring in an episode of the upcoming Twilight Zone revival, CBS All Access announced Thursday.

Nanjiani, who scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay along with his wife Emily V. Gordon for their work on the critically acclaimed rom-com The Big Sick at the Academy Awards earlier this year, joins previously announced cast members Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott.

In addition to his work as a producer on The Twilight Zone, Jordan Peele serves as the host and narrator of the show, which will be a modern reimagining of the original that premiered in 1959 and was hosted by creator Rod Serling and ran for five seasons until its conclusion in 1964.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele said earlier this year. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”

Peele is executive producing The Twilight Zone via his Monkeyaw Productions along with Simon Kinberg, Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg, and Greg Yaitanes. The series is expected to premiere on CBS All Access in 2019.

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Pedro Pascal eyed for lead role in Jon Favreau’s live-action ‘Star Wars’ series ‘The Mandalorian’

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More than a month after Lucasfilm revealed the official title and synopsis for Jon Favreau’s highly anticipated live-action Star Wars series, Variety is reporting that Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to take on the lead role in The Mandalorian, which is expected to debut on Disney+ sometime in 2019.

While Pascal’s name was, at one point, just one of many on a list of actors being considered for the role, the studio recently narrowed the list down to just a small handful of names and ultimately decided to offer the gig to Pascal, who currently stars in the Netflix original series Narcos.

Favreau is writing and executive producing The Mandalorian, which boasts an all-star lineup of episodic directors that includes the likes of Taikia Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Dave Filoni of Star Wars Rebels fame.

The series is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows the adventures of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

The news of Pascal’s casting comes on the heels of Disney’s announcement last week that an additional live-action Star Wars series is in the works that will see Diego Luna reprise his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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HBO announces the eighth and final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ will premiere in April 2019

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While details about the highly anticipated final season of Game of Thrones have been kept tightly under wraps, including the upcoming season’s premiere date, HBO announced today that season 8 of the Emmy-winning series will launch this April, though a specific day and date for the premiere is still yet to be revealed.

The news, which came in the form of a promotional video showcasing footage from the show’s past seven seasons, adds up with what we’ve heard previously from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, who said that the final season of Game of Thrones would “debut in the first half of 2019” earlier this year.

The aforementioned promotional video, titled #ForTheThrone, marks the start of a vast marketing campaign for HBO that will unfold over the course of the next five months leading up to the final season, which wrapped its rigorous production schedule back in July.

Ultimately, the goal of the campaign, according to HBO, is to hopefully encourage Game of Thrones fans to re-watch the series and potential new viewers to begin watching the series for the first time before its conclusion. But season 8 of Game of Thrones won’t be the end of the franchise altogether.

HBO is currently working on developing a spinoff series, which will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and will chronicle the world’s descent from the so-called “Golden Age of Heroes” into its darkest period in history.

“We’re just starting the search for director [and] casting director,” Bloys said, adding that he hopes the series, which is based on a story created by Jane Goldman and Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, will begin shooting sometime in 2019.

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