Stranger Things tackles aging cast with ‘all available tools’

The long-awaited final season of the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, is taking longer to materialize, with its production being held back due to a disagreement between the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Despite the delay, the show’s producer Shawn Levy isn’t stressing over the ticking clock.

As the youthful protagonists mature, a challenge the show has always faced, the creative blend of ’80s costumes, expert makeup and hair styling will keep their iconic identities intact. Being one of Netflix’s flagship series, there’s immense anticipation among the crew to get the cameras rolling again. However, the resumption of filming hinges on reaching a fair agreement in the ongoing talks.

The conclusion of Stranger Things seems increasingly elusive. Even though writers have already begun brainstorming the final chapters, the commencement date of the shoot still hangs in balance owing to the ongoing stand-off between SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP. But Shawn Levy, seemingly unfazed by the spiraling time, retains his cool.

During an interview with Variety, Shawn Levy detailed his optimism for the show, expressing his sheer faith in the series’ artistry team, capable of successfully time-traveling the now almost-adult cast back to their well-loved youth-centric characters of 1980s Hawkins.

“We’ve already watched the cast of our show grow up in the public eye, and between 12 and 22, every human being changes profoundly… The ’80s are also our friends in returning these young adult actors to their iconic Hawkins characters… And I know our cast is as eager to get back to work as the rest of us.”

Is Stranger Things a Priority for Netflix Amid Ongoing Strikes?

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The show, crafted by the Duffer brothers, has indeed become a flagship for the streaming giant. It is one of Netflix’s oldest original productions, and the announcement of its final season provoked a strong reaction from fans and subscribers alike.

When asked about the show’s importance to Netflix amidst the strikes, Levy replied, “I can’t speak to how important “Stranger Things” is to Netflix in the strike talks, and I am not inclined to speak on their behalf… that being said, I think every actor, director, producer, writer, and crew member can’t wait to get back to work.”

He highlighted that the story is an integral part of Netflix’s brand and everyone involved is keen on returning for the final season. However, production can only resume when a fair contract has been agreed).

You can catch up on the first four captivating seasons of Stranger Things on Netflix. Fingers crossed we’ll soon hear the clapperboard slam and the cameras roll for the grand concluding season, post the cessation of the writers’ strikes.

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