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Get a look at what goes into casting Stranger Things

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Aug 10, 2018

It looks like we are going to have to wait until 2019 before we get the third season of Stranger Things, so we are looking for our fix anywhere we can.

Luckily, the 2018 Emmy Awards are coming up, and Stranger Things was nominated for, among other accolades, an award for Outstanding Casting of a Drama Series. Netflix, as part of its "For Your Consideration" campaign, put together this video about casting the show, which includes scenes from the show, talking head interviews, and behind-the-scenes shenanigans. 

Series creators the Duffer Brothers talk about how important it was for them to find "real" kids to play our heroes. The kids -- Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, and Sadie Sink -- talk about how they are a family, how they are genuine friends. David Harbour gets a special shout-out for being a true professional, how he commands any scene he is in, and how the kids all respect him. The Duffer Brothers even manage to geek out about casting 1980s icons like Sean Astin and Paul Reiser, while promising they are not being "cute" by stuffing the show with nostalgic faces.

The casting agent for the show, Carmen Cuba, rounds out the piece by speaking on the importance of casting; how she auditions well-known, veteran actors respectfully; and why even background casting matters to perfect the overall look of the show.

The 2018 Emmy Awards will air September 17 on NBC. Stranger Things Season 3 is expected to drop on Netflix sometime in 2019.