Casting: Stranger Things boosts its scene-stealing sister, adds Maya Thurman Hawke, and more

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Mar 3, 2018

Want some fresh info on where Stranger Thingsthird season is headed? We hear you. Maya Thurman Hawke is joining the cast for Season 3 to take on an all-new character for what’s expected to be one of the hit Netflix series’ leading roles. 

If that’s not enough, get ready to see much more of the delightfully irritating Erica, the little sister of Lucas, played by Priah Ferguson. The deadpan stares, sassy comebacks, and privacy-invading acts of sabotage must have been enough for the Duffer brothers to justify spinning the saucy part from a recurring guest role into something meatier for Season 3.

Thurman Hawke, the 19-year-old daughter of actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, reportedly will play an “alternative girl” who’s bored to distraction at whatever small-town job the show plans to stick her with, according to Variety. Looking for a little adventure, she ends up entangled in something sinister when her escapades lead to the discovery of a “dark secret.”

As for Ferguson, Variety reports she’ll get her own clique to run with, as well as a more prominent part to play in thwarting the next big evil that threatens to turn the town upside down. The 11-year-old Georgia native previously had appeared in FX’s Atlanta, as well as VH1’s Daytime Divas, before showing up in Hawkins to torment Lucas.

Netflix has promised an eight-episode run for Season 3, but there’s still no word on a premiere date.

In other Netflix news, via Deadline, John Magaro (The Big Short) is joining the cast of The Umbrella Academy, a live-action take on the graphic novel series written by Gerard Way (yes, that Gerard Way) and drawn by Gabriel Bá. 

The Umbrella Academy is a superhero family that doesn’t exactly get along, with the show throwing all the warring members together to solve the mystery of their father’s death — while the apocalypse looms above it all. 

The show already has inked most of its cast, including Ellen Page as Vanya, Tom Hopper as Luther, David Castañeda as Diego, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, Robert Sheehan as Klaus, and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five. Netflix hasn’t revealed when The Umbrella Academy will debut, so stay tuned.

Also per Deadline, NBC has picked up two more cast members for its pilot of Manifest, a Lost-style mystery about an airplane that vanished without a trace five years before the show’s timeline picks up. 

Athena Karkanis (Low Winter Sun) and Parveen Kaur (The Strain, Beyond) have just inked agreements for the pilot, joining already-signed lead actors Josh Dallas (Thor, Once Upon a Time) and Melissa Roxburgh (Star Trek Beyond).

Manifest is being executive-produced by Jeff Rake (who’s also scripting) and Robert Zemeckis. NBC hasn’t yet revealed the show's premiere date.