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What’s Next for the Cast of Stranger Things

by Yasmine Kandil
A character collage of Mike, Eleven, Max, Lucas, and Dustin from STRANGER THINGS 4.

Stranger Things is the phenomenon that keeps on giving. Following Netflix’s release of Stranger Things 4 Vol 1, the 80s nostalgia trip created by The Duffer brothers surpassed Bridgerton to become the streaming service’s most-watched English series of all time. The influence that this show has over pop culture is unlike anything else right now. For example, by smartly featuring Kate Bush’s classic pop ballad ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),’ the song reached the very top of the streaming charts and has now even earned the famed singer 3 new Guinness World Records.

However, looking back at the small scale of the first season which was released in the summer of 2016, many of the show’s stars were in the very early days of their careers. In fact, numerous actors spent much of their childhood working on Stranger Things, with leads such as Mille Bobby Brown being just a little over eleven years old when first cast (no pun intended). The majority of the Hawkins gang have grown up before our own eyes, over time joining co-stars like Winona Ryder, who also kicked off her prominent career in her teens, in becoming icons of pop culture and household names in their own right.

Now nearly six years later, Stranger Things boasts a stellar, award-winning ensemble with a vast portfolio of not only completed projects, but a multitude of upcoming ones as well. To celebrate the highly anticipated release of Volume 2, which just literally broke Netflix servers and more new records, we have compiled a complete list of upcoming projects on each of the Stranger Things star’s rosters. Here you can find out what your favorite actors are up to, in order to make the grueling wait for the fifth and final season of the beloved show slightly less painful. These projects include feature films, television shows, voice acting roles, and even theatre, making it hard not to find something that piques your interest on this expansive list.

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven struggling in her new classroom in Stranger Things 4.
Millie Bobby Brown in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Enola Holmes 2

Synopsis: A sequel to Netflix’s successful 2020 adaptation of Nancy Springer’s famed mystery novels. This time, Enola takes on her first case as a fully-fledged detective in an attempt to find a missing girl.

Roles: Enola Holmes and Producer

Cast & Crew: Director Harry Bradbeer and writer Jack Thorne return for the sequel. Henry Cavil and Helena Bonham Carter reprise their roles as Sherlock and Eudoria Holmes respectively.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: 2022

Damsel

Synopsis: Princess Elodie thinks she is marrying Prince Henry, but then discovers she’s actually about to be sacrificed to a dragon, setting up a head-to-head battle with the fire-breather.

Roles: Princess Elodie and Executive Producer

Cast & Crew: Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, best known for 28 Weeks Later, and written by Dan Mazeau who also has writing credit on the upcoming tenth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, Fast X. Nick Robinson, Robin Wright, and Angela Bassett star alongside Bobby Brown.

Status: Filming

Release Date: 2023

The Girls I’ve Been

Synopsis: Based on the book by Tess Sharpe, a con artist named Nora uses her powers of persuasion and impersonation to get herself and her friends out of dangerous situations.

Roles: Nora O’Malley and Producer

Cast & Crew: Jason Bateman is on board to produce the film. It was reported that author Tess Sharpe will be involved in the writing process to some degree. No further cast has been announced at this time. 

Status: Pre-Production

Release Date: TBA

The Thing About Jellyfish

Synopsis: Based on the Ali Benjamin novel, after Suzy’s former best friend is lost in a drowning accident, Suzy knows something isn’t right. 

Role: Suzy Swanson

Cast & Crew: Directed by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and adapted by Molly Smith Metzler, best known for shows such as Maid, Shameless, and Orange is The New Black. No further cast has been announced at this time.  

Status: Pre-Production

Release Date: TBA

The Electric State

Synopsis: An adaptation of Simon Stålenhag‘s sci-fi graphic novel. Set in a post-apocalyptic version of 1997, Michelle and her toy robot Skip travel across the western United States in a stolen car to find her missing brother.

Role: Michelle

Cast & Crew: Directed by the Russo Brothers and written by long-time collaborators Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. This team is of course known for their run of the most successful comic book films of all time. No further cast has been announced as of yet. 

Status: Pre-Production, due to begin filming this fall.

Release Date: TBA

Finn Wolfhard

Finn Wolfhard as Mike in Stranger Things 4
Finn Wolfhard in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

When You Finish Saving The World

Synopsis: Evelyn, who runs a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and her oblivious, wannabe influencer son Ziggy seek out replacements for each other as she desperately tries to parent an unassuming teenager at her shelter, while Ziggy fumbles through his pursuit of a brilliant young woman at school.

Role: Ziggy

Cast & Crew: Produced by A24, this is Jesse Eisenberg’s feature directorial and screenwriting debut. Julianne Moore stars as Finn Wolfhard’s mother and 13 Reasons Why alum Alisha Boe plays the leading love interest. 

Status: Premiered at this year’s edition of Sundance Film Festival. 

Release Date: 2022

Pinocchio

Synopsis: A mature retelling of the famous Carlo Collodi fairytale about a wooden puppet who comes to life and dreams of becoming a real boy that takes place in 1930s Fascist Italy. 

Role: Candlewick (Voice)

Cast & Crew: Guillermo del Toro is finally nearing completion on this adaptation that was first announced back in 2008. Del Toro wrote the film alongside Patrick McHale, who is best known for his work on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. Mark Gustafson co-directs alongside Del Toro. The jam-packed voice cast includes Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, and Cate Blanchett. 

Status: Filming

Release Date: December 2022

The Legend of Ochi

Synopsis: An animated film in which a young girl uncovers the mysteries of animal communication.

Role: Unknown Voice Role

Cast & Crew: Written and directed by Isaiah Saxon who has shot music videos for artists such as Kanye West and Björk. Voice acting cast also includes Willem Dafoe and Emily Watson.

Status: Filming 

Release Date: TBA

New-Gen

Synopsis: This animated series follows twin brothers and nanotech-enhanced superheroes as they work to save the world of New-Gen from destructive war.

Role: TBA

Cast & Crew: Brent V. Friedman is attached as showrunner and the creator of the comics on which this series is based on, J.D. Matoni, is also believed to be involved in some capacity. The voice cast will feature Game of Thrones star Lena Heady as well as Finn’s brother Nick Wolfhard. 

Status: Filming

Release Date: TBA

Gaten Matarazzo

Gaten Matarazzo in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

My Father’s Dragon

Synopsis: An animated film based on the 1948 novel of the same name in which Elmer Elevator searches for a captive Dragon on Wild Island and finds much more than he could ever have anticipated.

Role: The Dragon

Cast & Crew: Directed by Nora Twomey, a producer on the Oscar-nominated Wolfwalkers, and written by Inside Out screenwriter Meg LeFauve. The voice acting ensemble includes Judy Greer, Jacob Tremblay, Leighton Meester, and Rita Moreno. 

Status: Completed, awaiting release. 

Release Date: 2022

Honor Society

Synopsis: Honor’s sole focus is getting into Harvard. Willing to do whatever it takes, Honor concocts a plan to take down her top three competitors, until things take a turn when she unexpectedly falls for her biggest competition.

Role: Michael 

Cast & Crew: Directed by Oran Zegman and written by former Family Guy producer David A. Goodman. Gaten Matarazzo stars alongside Angourie Rice who is best known for playing Betty in the MCU Spider-Man trilogy. The duo is joined by Christopher Mintz-Plasse of Superbad fame.

Status: Completed

Release Date: July 29, 2022 on Paramount+

Hump

Synopsis: A wide-eyed camel is joined by a cunning desert fox and a mistrusting goat on his epic journey to cross the Arabian desert in order to find its best friend.

Role: Rami (Voice) 

Cast & Crew: Directed by Peter Dodd and Amin Matalqa, who also wrote the animated family flick alongside Matthew Antonelli. Currently, Matarazzo’s only known castmates are Simon Pegg and Ramy Youssef.

Status: Pre-Production

Release Date: TBA

Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway)

In addition to his film pursuits, Matarazzo will be returning to Broadway to play Jared Kleinman in the long-running musical, Dear Evan Hansen. He will be joining the show’s ensemble from July 19th, 2022

Caleb McLaughlin

Caleb McLaughlin in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Shooting Stars

Synopsis: A biopic about the young life of basketball star LeBron James.

Role: Dru Joyce III

Cast & Crew: Directed by Chris Robinson and written by Frank E. Flowers who is adapting LeBron’s biographical book. LeBron is thought to be starring in the film alongside Diane Howard and Thomas W Wolf. 

Status: Filming

Release Date: 2023

Demon House

Synopsis: A family living in Indiana discover strange, demonic occurrences that lead them to believe are actually linked to a portal to hell.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Directed by Lee Daniels, who is famed for black historical pieces like The Butler and The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Daniels is also a member of the writing team alongside Elijah Bynum and David Coggeshall. McLaughlin will be joined by a stellar cast including Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Aunjanue Ellis, and Andra Day. 

Status: Pre-Production

Release Date: TBA

Warriors

Synopsis: Based on the books from the early 2000s, Rusty, a house cat, discovers that several tribes of wild cats live in the forests behind his home. When Rusty joins them, he has difficulty fitting in but has no choice in order to survive.

Role: Greypaw (Voice)

Cast & Crew: David Heyman is attached to this series as a producer and writer, he is previously known for producing films such as Gravity, Marriage Story, and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Gigi Pritzker who previously produced Drive and The Eyes of Tammy Faye is also on the writing team. The cast includes Jimmy Donaldson, who is better known to the world as the Youtuber MrBeast, as well as Lewin Lloyd and Amir Wilson. 

Status: Unknown

Release Date: 2023

Sadie Sink

Sadie Sink in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

The Whale

Synopsis: A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.

Role: Ellie 

Cast & Crew: Directed by Darren Aronofsky of Mother! and Black Swan fame and written by Samuel D. Hunter. Sadie Sink stars opposite the great Brendan Fraser and Ty Simpkins, most known from playing Harley in Iron Man 3

Status: Premiering at this year’s edition of the Venice Film Festival.

Release Date: 2022

Dear Zoe

Synopsis: Based on the novel by the same name, when Tess and her family suffer an unimaginable loss, she finds support from a surprising source: her biological father – a lovable slacker from the wrong side of the tracks – and the charming but dangerous juvenile delinquent next door.

Role: Tess DeNunzio

Cast & Crew: Directed by Gren Wells and written by Marc Lhormer and Melissa Martin. The cast includes Theo Rossi, Grey’s Anatomy actress Jessica Capshaw, and Justin Bartha, who is best known as Doug from The Hangover

Status: Complete, awaiting release. 

Release Date: 2022

Noah Schnapp

Noah Schnapp in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

The Tutor

Synopsis: Follows a tutor who, after being assigned an unexpected task at a mansion, finds himself struggling with the obsessions of his crazed student after he threatens to expose his darkest secrets.

Role: Name is unknown, although Schnapp is to star in the student role.

Cast & Crew: Directed by Jordan Ross and written by Ryan King. Garett Hedlund stars alongside Noah Schnapp as his tutor. Victoria Justice, Jonny Weston, and Ekaterina Baker round out the ensemble.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: TBA

Priah Furgeson

Priah Furgeson in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

The Curse of Bridge Hollow

Synopsis: A teenage girl, who accidentally releases an ancient and mischievous spirit on Halloween that causes decorations to come alive and wreak havoc, must team up with the last person she would want to in order to save their town – her father.

Role: Sydney

Cast & Crew: Directed by Jeff Wadlow and written by Todd Berger and John R. Morey. Marlon Wayans and Lauren Lapkus star opposite Ferguson. 

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: October 14, 2022

My Dad The Bounty Hunter

Synopsis: An animated series that follows two children as they discover that their father is the toughest bounty hunter in all the galaxy when they accidentally hitch a ride into space.

Role: Unknown Voice Role

Cast & Crew: Created by Everett Downing Jr and Patrick Harpin. The voice ensemble includes former Community cast members Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash as well as Rob Riggle and Laz Alonso.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: 2023

Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Asteroid City

Synopsis: Plot unknown. Rumored to be a love story set in Europe.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Wes Anderson’s latest co-written by long-time collaborator Roman Coppola. As with most Wes Anderson projects, this film features a star-studded ensemble that includes Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Bryan Cranston, and Jeff Goldblum.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: TBA

Strangers

Synopsis: Drea and Eleanor agree to go after each other’s bullies.

Role: Eleanor

Cast & Crew: Written and directed by Thor: Love and Thunder and Someone Great scribe Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Celeste Ballard has co-writing credit. Camila Mendes plays the other main character Drea alongside Hawke. Other members of the cast include Rish Shah, best known as Kamra in the Ms.Marvel Disney+ series, Austin Abrams, Alisha Boe, and Sophie Turner. 

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: 2022

Maestro

Synopsis: The complex love story of esteemed American conductor Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia, from the time they first met in 1946 and continuing through two engagements, a 25-year marriage, and three children.

Role: Jamie Bernstein

Cast & Crew: Bradley Cooper’s second directorial feature following his success with A Star Is Born. He wrote the film with Josh Singer and also stars as Leonard Bernstein himself. His wife Felicia Montealegre is played by Carey Mulligan and Maya Hawke portrays their daughter Jamie. Matt Bomer and Sarah Silverman also star.

Status: Filming 

Release Date: 2023

The Kill Room

Synopsis: A hitman, his boss, an art dealer, and a money-laundering scheme that accidentally turns the assassin into an overnight avant-garde sensation, one that forces her to pit the art world against the underworld.

Role: Grace

Cast & Crew: Directed by Nicol Paone and written by Jonathan Jacobson. Maya Hawke is joined by her mother Uma Thurman in this thriller. Samuel L. Jackson and Joe Manganiello also star.  

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: TBA

Revolver

Synopsis: A devoted Beatles fan attempts to break into the Alaskan hotel the band is staying in, with the hopes of meeting George Harrison.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Maya Hawke will co-star next to her father, Ethan Hawke, marking the first time they both appear on-screen together.

Status: Andrew Stanton, who famously directed Finding Nemo and WALL•E for Pixar, recently revealed that he is no longer helming the project despite getting the rights to The Beatles’ music. It is currently unknown if the film will still movie forward with Maya and Ethan Hawke.

Release Date: TBA

Joe Keery

Joe Keery in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Cold Storage

Synopsis: Based on the novel by David Koepp, this sci-fi thriller follows a retired bioterror operative and two unlikely heroes who are caught in a race against time to destroy a deadly microorganism capable of the next mass extinction event.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Directed by Jonny Campbell and written by original author David Koepp himself. Jonny Campbell, famous for directing episodes of Westworld and Doctor Who, marks his return to film since 2006. The cast currently only features Liam Neeson as Joe Keery’s co-star.

Status: Early Development

Release Date: TBA

Marmalade

Synopsis: Small-town simpleton Baron tells a tale to his cellmate Otis about his rebellious girlfriend Marmalade, including a bank heist they committed together. After learning of the stolen cash, Otis agrees to help plan a jailbreak to reunite Baron with his true love.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: From first-time director Keir O’Donnell and will additionally star Aldis Hodge and Camila Morrone.

Status: Filming

Release Date: TBA

David Harbour

David Harbour in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Violent Night

Synopsis: A group of mercenaries attack the estate of a wealthy family on Christmas Eve, and Santa must save Christmas.

Role: Santa Claus

Cast & Crew: What Happened To Monday director Tommy Wirkola takes on the task of helming this twisted holiday flick. The concept comes from Sonic the Hedgehog writing duo Pat Casey and Josh Miller. The cast includes Cam Gigandet, Beverly D’Angelo, as well as the fan-favorite actor John Leguizamo.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: 2022

We Have a Ghost

Synopsis: A man claims to have befriended a mostly harmless ghost who bears a likeness to the actor Ernest Borgnine and becomes famous on the Internet. 

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Written and directed by Happy Death Day filmmaker Christopher Landon. Based on a short story written by Geoff Manaugh, Jennifer Coolidge and Anthony Mackie also star alongside David Harbour. 

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: 2022

Mad House (West End)

In addition to his upcoming film projects, David Harbour is currently performing as Michael in the West End play Mad House. You can witness this dark comedy at the Ambassador’s Theatre in London until September 4, 2022.

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Gone In The Night (Previously Called The Cow)

Synopsis: When Kath and her boyfriend arrive at a remote cabin in the redwoods, they find a mysterious younger couple already there. Her boyfriend disappears with the young woman, and Kath becomes obsessed with finding an explanation.

Role: Kath

Cast & Crew: Directed by Eli Horowitz, who also wrote the film alongside Matthew Derby. The cast includes Sedrick Cabrera, Dustin Ingram, and Yvonne Senat Jones.

Status: Complete, awaiting release.

Release Date: July 15, 2022

Beetlejuice 2

Synopsis: A legacy sequel to Tim Burton’s classic, Beetlejuice.

Role: Lydia

Cast & crew: While Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton haven’t signed on to reprise their iconic roles yet, Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B is in the early stages of developing the film for Warner Bros.

Status: Early Development

Release Date: TBA

Brett Gelman

Brett Gelman in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Synopsis: Feature film based on the highly popular children’s book about an anthropomorphic crocodile that lives in New York City.

Role: Mr. Grumps (Voice)

Cast & Crew: Directed by frequent collaborators Josh Gordon and Will Speck and written by How to Train Your Dragon and Flushed Away writer Will Davies. The titular character Lyle is voiced by pop superstar Shawn Mendes.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: October 7, 2022

Surrounded

Synopsis: Former Buffalo Soldier Mo Washington travels West to lay claim on a gold mine. After her stagecoach is ambushed, Mo is tasked with holding a dangerous outlaw captive and must survive the day when the bandit’s gang tries to free him.

Role: Mr. Fields

Cast & Crew: Directed by Anthony Mandler, the creative mind behind some of today’s most viewed music videos, such as Nikki Minaj’s Starships, and written by Justin Thomas and Andrew Pagana. The cast includes Letitia Wright, Jamie Bell, and the late Michael Kenneth Williams.

Status: Complete, awaiting release.

Release Date: TBA

Entitled

Synopsis: A TV series in which an American widower gets to know his British wife’s estranged family In their crumbling gothic mansion in the English countryside as they compete for his affections – and his newly inherited fortune.

Role: Gabe

Cast & Crew: Currently show-runner Matt Morgan is the only person attached to the project alongside Gelman.

Status: Pre-Production

Release Date: TBA

Boy Kills World

Synopsis: A dystopian fever dream that follows Boy, a deaf-mute with a vibrant imagination. When his family is murdered, he is trained by a mysterious shaman to repress his childish imagination and become an instrument of death.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Directed by Moritz Mohr and written by Arend Remmers and Tyler Burton Smith. Bill Skarsgård is set to star as the titular character alongside Michelle Dockery and Andrew Koji.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: 2023

Lady In The Lake

Synopsis: An upcoming drama miniseries set in 1960s Baltimore. An investigative journalist working on an unsolved murder clashes with a woman working to advance the agenda of the city’s black community.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Written and directed by Honey Boy director Alma Har’el. Dre Ryan will also be a writer on the show. Obi-Wan Kenobi break-out star Moses Ingram is set to star alongside Natalie Portman.

Status: Unknown

Release Date: TBA

Natalia Dyer

Natalia Dyer in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Chestnut

Synopsis: A recent graduate becomes entangled in a relationship with a man and a woman during her summer after college.

Role: Annie

Cast & Crew: Written and directed by Jac Cron. Acting alongside Natalia Dyer will be Danny Ramirez of recent Top Gun: Maverick fame as well as Rachel Keller.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: TBA

All Fun and Games

Synopsis: A group of siblings who find themselves in a game with a demonic twist.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Written and directed by Eren Celeboglu and Ari Costa. Sex Education star Asa Butterfield leads the film alongside Natalia Dyer and Hollywood legend Keith David.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: TBA

Joseph Quinn

Joseph Quinn in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Hoard

Synopsis: Plot unknown.

Role: Michael

Cast & Crew: Written and directed by Luna Carmoon. Other cast members include Hayley Squires and Nabil Elouahabi

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: TBA

Jamie Campbell Bower

Jamie Campbell Bower in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

True Haunting

Synopsis: Based on the 2011 book of the same name, the story follows the first televised exorcism in 1971. The news segment was a ratings success but only made things much worse for the haunted Becker family.

Role: Ed Becker

Cast & Crew: Directed by Gary Fleder and will co-star Erin Moriarty, Harriet Slater, and Ann Mitchell.

Status: Post-Production

Release date: 2023

Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine in ‘Stranger Things 4’ courtesy of Netflix

Oppenheimer

Synopsis: The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: The latest film written and directed by filmmaking icon Christopher Nolan. Oppenheimer features a massive cast of heavy hitters, Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Emily Bunt, Robert Downey Jr, Kenneth Branagh, and Rami Malek just to name a few.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: July 21, 2023

Retribution

Synopsis: A remake of the 2015 Spanish film El Desconocido, a bank executive receives a bomb threat while driving his children to school that his car will explode if they stop and get out.

Role: Currently unknown

Cast & Crew: Directed by Nimród Antal, who directed the fifth and sixth episodes of Stranger Things 4 Vol. 1, and adapted by screenwriter Andrew Baldwin. Liam Neeson, Arian Moayed, and Embeth Davidtz are attached to star.

Status: Post-Production

Release Date: TBA

The Rocking Horsemen

Synopsis: Five high school boys with big dreams embark on their journey to make a rock band during the summer of 1962.

Role: Writer and Director

Cast & Crew: Other than Modine, there is currently no one else attached to this project at current.

Status: Pre-Production

Release Date: TBA

Hard Miles

Synopsis: A social worker at a juvenile prison assembles an unlikely cycling team of teenage convicts who must outride their pasts to complete a transformative 1000-mile ride.

Role: Greg Townsend

Cast & Crew: Directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna, who is also writing the film alongside Christian Sander. Leslie David Baker, best known as Stanley from The Office, and Jahking Guillory from On My Block are featured in the cast.

Status: Filming

Release Date: TBA

Follow Senior Film Critic Yasmine Kandil on Twitter: @byebyebucky

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