It's no huge secret that Netflix will keep cranking out seasons of Stranger Things, its flagship show about monsters, 80s nostalgia, and the secret successes of MKUltra, until the show's kid actors have kids of their own or Finn Wolfhard quits to focus full-time on his band or whatever. The streaming service surprised no one with the December announcement that the show was coming back for a third season, but since then, things have been pretty quiet on the Stranger Things front, save for a few casting announcements and a weird lawsuit. But now, it seems like Stranger Things 3 is finally becoming a reality.
On Friday, Netflix announced the new season's official start of production with a short video featuring the show's cast and crew reuniting for a table read earlier this month. And while the minute-and-a-half-long clip doesn't feature any actual footage from the new season, it's nice at least to see the gang back in action.
"On April 20, 2018, old friends and a few strangers came together to start a new adventure," the video says, over black-and-white footage and a synth-y score.
The clip features name cards for most of the original cast, including Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, and Winona Ryder, but it also teases a few new additions coming onboard in season three. There's a spot for Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman's daughter, Maya Hawke—one of the show's new leads who will supposedly play an "alternative girl" in the new season, whatever that means—and Jake Busey, who is playing Bruce, "a journalist for the Hawkins Post with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor."
The new season of Stranger Things doesn't have a release date yet, but if it's just starting the table reads right now, we probably have a long wait until it hits Netflix. Hopefully, the streaming service will share some better footage to tide us over once there's actually some to share. Until then, watch the start of production video above and get excited about the fact that Priah Ferguson, who plays Lucas's little sister, is getting an expanded role in the show, nerds.
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