Stranger Things Season 3 casts Princess Bride's Cary Elwes, Ed Skrein joins Maleficent sequel, and more casting news

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Apr 18, 2018

Stranger Things continues with its tradition of casting major icons of the 1980s by adding The Princess Bride's Cary Elwes (Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts) to the cast of Season 3, Netflix has announced. Elwes joins the popular supernatural series in a guest role as the leader of Hawkins, Indiana — Mayor Kline. Described as "handsome, slick, and sleazy, Mayor Kline is your classic '80s politician — more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs." It's sort of funny that we haven't seen him until now, considering all the weird stuff that's been going on, but with the events of last season, things might be harder to ignore, and Kline will finally have to show himself in order to protect his public image.

Jake Busey, son of Gary, has also been cast on Stranger Things as Bruce, "a journalist for The Hawkins Post with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor." Busey is best known for his work on From Dusk Till Dawn: The SeriesAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Shane Black's upcoming reboot of the Predator franchise, aptly titled The Predator (out in theaters this August). 


 

Deadpool's Ed Skrein (Francis/Ajax) has landed the main villain role in Disney's sequel to Maleficent, reports Variety. He will be joining Angelina Jolie (in the title role) and Elle Fanning (Aurora), both of whom are returning from the first movie. There's no news on the plot, but production is expected to begin sometime this year, with Joachim Ronning (co-director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) at the helm. The first movie received mixed reviews, but took in over $750 million at the global box office.


 

Meanwhile, Sony just snagged a bunch of high-profile voices for its upcoming animated movie Wish Dragon, per Deadline. The voice cast includes Jackie Chan (Kung-Fu PandaThe Lego Ninjago Movie), Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat), Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny), Will Yun Lee (The Good Doctor), Nico Santos (Superstore), Jimmy Wong, and Bobby Lee (Paul). Additionally, John Cho (Star Trek: Beyond) and Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley) are currently in talks to join the kid-friendly feature. With the studio shooting for a 2019 theatrical release, Wish Dragon is being pegged as a modern twist on the classic genie-in-a-bottle concept from One Thousand and One Nights.

Based on the concept art on the movie's IMDb page, it looks as though a Chinese dragon takes the place of the genie, and the approach would be light-hearted — think Robin Williams in Aladdin or Eddie Murphy's Mushu from Mulan. The film will be directed by Chris Appelhans, a member of the art department on Coraline, The Princess and the Frog, and Puss in Boots.