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‘Stranger Things’ adds Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, and more for Season 2

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As it gears up to begin production in the coming weeks, Netflix’s acclaimed Stranger Things series has added three new cast members for its much-anticipated second season and we’re totally onboard with these casting decisions.

Sean Astin, you definitely remember him as Mikey Walsh (the kid with the inhaler) from 1985’s The Goonies and Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been cast as Bob Newby, “a kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.”

Yet another ’80s actor will be joining the cast of Stranger Things as Aliens star Paul Reiser will be playing Dr. Owens, “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year,” in the series.

Netflix appears to be adding a new character that sounds a lot like Eleven with Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen in the role. Roman is “an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab…”

Given the fact that Stranger Things is very Goonies and Aliens-esque, it’s only logical to add Astin and Reiser to the series. Both starred in two of the most popular movies of the 1980s and it should be great to see how their respective characters factor into the storyline.

If you haven’t heard of Berthelsen before, chances are you’ll definitely be remembering who she is after watching Season 2. Netflix has been on point with their casting for Stranger Things and it will be interesting to see what this young actress brings to the table.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months 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 is expected to be completed sometime in 2017.

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Elvis Presley will become a spy for the US government in Netflix’s new animated series ‘Agent King’

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So, uh, with today being the 42nd anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley and all, Netflix announced that they’ve given a series order to Agent King, which is described as an “adult animated action-comedy series” that centers around the iconic music legend becoming — as the title suggests — a special agent.

As if that wasn’t strange enough, here’s the official logline for the show: “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll.”

Priscilla Presley and John Eddie created and serve as executive producers on the series, which also has Archer‘s Mike Arnold showrunning, writing, and co-executive producing.

“From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that,” said Priscilla Presley. “My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”

Yeah, I really don’t know what the fuck to make of any of this, but as someone who loves and takes pleasure in being entertained by weird shit, I suppose Agent King will be right up my alley and is definitely going on my watchlist as soon as it drops on Netflix.

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Ewan McGregor is in talks to reprise his iconic role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a new Disney+ series

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As you may recall, we were all pretty damn disappointed around these parts last year when it was revealed that Disney and Lucasfilm had stopped developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff starring Ewan McGregor due to the poor box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story (which really wasn’t all that bad of a movie, if you ask me.)

However, this latest Obi-Wan-related development has certainly piqued our interest, as THR is reporting that McGregor is once again in talks to reprise his role as the iconic Jedi Knight — but it isn’t for a feature film, this time around.

Indeed, Disney and Lucasfilm have now begun to develop an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for their upcoming Disney+ streaming service, though it appears details about it are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, according to THR.

Disney’s D23 Expo is just around the corner, however, so it seems more than likely that we’ll be getting an official announcement for the Obi-Wan series (as well as an update or two on The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna, both of which we haven’t heard anything about in a minute) once that event kicks off in Anaheim later this month on August 23, so be sure to stay tuned for more.

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Grab a mother-effin’ beer: Nathan Fielder is returning to television with two new projects for HBO

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It’s been nearly an entire year (!) since Nathan For You ended its run on Comedy Central and, ever since then, fans have been wondering what was in store next for writer, director, and comedian Nathan Fielder — and now we know! Well, kinda.

According to Variety, Fielder has inked a one-year overall deal over at HBO where he will serve as executive producer on the upcoming series How To…With John Wilson as well as an untitled comedy pilot, which he will also write, direct, and star in.

Hosted by Wilson, the half-hour, first-person documentary series follows an anxious New Yorker as he “attempts to give everyday advice while dealing with his own personal issues. Acting as both cameraman and narrator, he covertly documents the lives of fellow New Yorkers in a comic odyssey of self-discovery, inevitably making the audience comfortable with the awkward contradictions of modern life.”

As for the untitled comedy pilot, plot details are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, but here’s to hoping it’s something just as lovely and brilliant and delightful as Nathan For You was because I desperately need both a series like that and Nathan Fielder back in my life and on my television screen immediately.

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