If you, like us, have been eagerly devouring any crumb of information to come out of Hawkins' Lab (aka the Duffer Bros and/or Netflix) since it was announced in July that Stranger Things Season 3 would be delayed till summer 2019, then you will be pleased to hear the latest intel from Camp Hawkins. Stranger Things casting director Carmen Cuba has just revealed that not only is the show still casting, but that the reason she's still hard at work finding actors is because of a particularly difficult storyline.
"There's a certain storyline that's challenging that we keep having to go back to the well for," Cuba told The Hollywood Reporter last night at a scholarship event in L.A. Still, she wouldn't reveal exactly what that storyline was, and, she said, the inability to do so was... part of the problem. "There's a lot of secrecy, and we can't say what parts we're looking for, so it's still a weird challenge," Cuba explained.
So, what could this mystery storyline be? In terms of scenes, there are a few things we do know, via casting notices. For one, earlier this summer the show was looking for male extras, 18 and older, who are "comfortable in a towel or swimsuit." This could imply a swimming-pool scene, but seems more likely to signal a men's locker room, seeing as at a pool, one would think the call would not be so gender-restrictive? That scene was set to have been filmed in early September, and so is probably already done.
We also saw a casting call in late August for folks age 16-30 with marching-band experience, who, the notice said, would be required to play two songs and also possibly show up for a recording date. So far both seem like pretty standard high school set pieces, unless the marching band ends up swimming through a pool in the Upside Down (hi, Barb) or somesuch.
And, of course, due to this fun trailer, we know that the Hawkins of 1985 finally gets a mall, at which Steve seems to work at the ice cream shop:
(One sticky fact-checking note as a child of the '80s? The featured flavor should not be "salted caramel," which, unless it originated way earlier in Indiana, was nowhere to be found in 1985. Try Rocky Road or Bubblegum, Duffers.)
Cuba went on to say that she knows the pull of Stranger Things would lure actors in, if the call could be a bit less private. "I know that if we said, 'We're looking for this and it's for Stranger Things,' we would have tons more options, but it's still a lot of work." Welp, we're all ears (and regrets at not having been in marching band) whenever the team is ready to talk.