Television

Netflix releases Stranger Things Trailer, Winona Ryder leads young cast in retro-thriller

Netflix has released the first trailer for “Stranger Things,” a special-event series that plays out like the cult-classic horror-thrillers of the 1980s. Winona Ryder stars in the series, along with a cast of young actors, the series was written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden).

The new Netflix original will span eight, one-hour long episodes. The story picks-up after a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. The series, set in Indiana, and also stars David Harbour.

Ryder will portray Joyce, a working class single mother reeling from the disappearance of her 12-year-old son, and Harbour will play the towns chief of police. Finn Wolfhard co-stars in the series as Mike, a bullied 12-year-old who becomes an unlikely hero in the quest to save his best friend. Wolfhard guest starred in The 100, and the independent films Aftermath and The Resurrection.

In the series, Millie Brown portrays a mysterious character that Mike meets in the woods, who possesses strange abilities. Brown appeared in the BBC’s Intruders, she also appeared as Alice in Once Upon A Time and appeared on NCIS.

Gaten Matarazzo joins the cast as Dustin, a 12-year-old rebel whose sense of humor helps defuse tense situations in the series. Matarazzo recently finished a one-year stint as one of the two Gavroches in the current revival of Les Miserables, and also appeared on Broadway with Priscilla Queen of the Desert. He also recently appeared on The Blacklist, and has done the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Caleb McLaughlin stars as Lucas, an opinionated and courageous friend of Mike’s. McLaughlin was in The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek by Athol Fugard at the Signature Theater, he also played “Young Simba” in The Lion King on Broadway. In 2013 he was one of a handful of young Broadway stars to do an album called When I Grow Up: Broadway’s Next Generation, based on a one-night only concert cabaret event.

Noah Schnapp portrays Will in the series, a small and sensitive boy who doesn’t fit into the 1980’s definition of normal, he is the one that vanishes into thin air. Schnapp also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, opposite Tom Hanks and Amy Ryan, and as the voice of Charlie Brown in the The Peanuts Movie.

Natalia Dyer portrays Nancy in the series, Mikes teenage, older sister. Dyer had a breakthrough lead role in the coming-of-age drama I Believe in Unicorns, that premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. She also appeared in the sci-fi drama After Darkness, directed by Batan Silva, and starring Kyra Sedgwick and Tim Daly as her parents. Her other credits include Roadside Attractions’ Blue Like Jazz; the supernatural thriller The Between, alongside Joel Courtney and Isabelle Fuhrman from producer Susan Johnson; as well as Disney’s Hannah Montana: The Movie.

Charlie Heaton portrays Jonathan, Will’s older teenage brother. Charlie can next be seen starring in Europacorp’s new dramatic thriller, Shut In for Farren Blackburn, opposite Academy Award winner Naomi Watts.

The Duffer Brothers are writing, directing and co-showrunning the series, and will serve as executive producers along with co-showrunner Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion, Last Resort) and Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Stranger Things is a Netflix production.