Everybody loves Stranger Things. Everybody loves The Lord of the Rings (at least, everybody with a sense of adventure and great storytelling does). Why not combine the two and make the ultimate fantasy epic? The producers aren’t going that far, but they did just cast Sean Astin in season two of Stranger Things.
Sean Astin originally got attention for his role in The Goonies, where he played Mikey. In that story, he and his friends discover a treasure map that leads them on a wild adventure. Perhaps this was foreshadowing for another role that got him plenty of attention–except this tim, he was out to destroy a piece of treasure.
Over 15 years after The Goonies debuted in 1985, Sean Astin was cast as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings. Though he’s been working pretty consistently since then, Sam’s quest with Frodo (played by Elijah Wood) to destroy the one ring of power is perhaps his most memorable role. He embodied the heart and soul of the Fellowship, and some people even argue that Sam was more of a hero than Frodo himself.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Astin will be joining Stranger Things as Bob Newby, “a kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce and Hopper and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.”
Stranger Things has a complete cult following of its own even though the sci-fi Netflix series was only released a couple months ago. In fact, the Duffer brothers, the creators of Stranger Things, were strongly influenced by the 1980s movies, so casting Astin seems like the perfect fit.
As fans anxiously await season two of Stranger Things (what the heck happened to Eleven?), we’re having to get by on these little casting updates to fuel our speculation about what will take place. In addition to Sean Astin, Paul Reiser of hit movies like Aliens and Whiplash has also been cast. He’ll 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.”
Sounds good to us! Now we just have to wait until 2017 for the next season. Where’s the fast-forward button?