Finn Wolfhard may have hinted that season 3 of Stranger Things would be the “summer of love” but producer Shawn Levy is here to remind fans that it won’t be the “summer of fun.” So far the only footage that’s been released for the critically acclaimed series was an upbeat and nostalgia triggering “commercial” for Hawkins’ new shopping mall. It featured a cameo of Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) working at an ice cream store in the food court alongside Stranger Things newcomer Maya Hawke.
While fans probably weren’t expecting season three to be all shopping, sundaes, and summer romance, Levy made sure hammer it home while speaking with The Playlist recently. The season is going to be more ambitious and cinematic than ever, but don’t let the lighter tone of that commercial fool you- it’s also getting much darker.
Levy will be directing two episodes in season 3, a tradition he has held since the premiere season, and it turns out there’s a superstitious reason for that.
Naturally, all the juicy details surrounding season three have been kept tightly under wraps, but we do know that the season will be dropping sometime next summer and will feature a swashbuckling Jim Hopper. In addition to Hawke’s casting, Stranger Things 3 also welcomes Princess Bride star Cary Elwes and Starship Troopers star, Jake Busey. They join an ensemble cast of Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Fin Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, and Joe Keery.