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The director of ‘Stranger Things’ explains how they will solve the age gap between their protagonists

Shawn Levy comments on the possibilities of age-matching the cast and their characters after so many years of waiting.

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The end of ‘Stranger Things’, Netflix’s star series par excellence, is approaching, and it will do so 8 years after its premiere. Obviously, the cast has changed a lot in all that time, especially its young protagonists, who were only in their prepubescent period before 2016, a difference that will not be reflected in the series, since in fiction they are still teenagers. How will the team manage to bridge this dissonance?

“We’ve already watched the cast of our show grow up in the public eye, and between 12 and 22, every human being changes profoundly,” explains ‘Stranger Things’ director Shawn Levy in an interview with Variety. “This passage of time is definitely not helping. That being said, our hair and makeup and wardrobe department are pretty exceptional, using costumes and wigs and makeup. The ‘80s are also our friends in returning these young adult actors to their iconic Hawkins characters. So we’re going to use all the all the tools available to us. And I know our cast is as eager to get back to work as the rest of us.”

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Everything is ready for the end of ‘Stranger Things’

And it is that period of 8 years between the premiere of the first season and that of the finale, which will be in 2024. A period that is much shorter than the one that actually passes in the series. On the desire to return to work, Levy insists.

“I can say with confidence I think every actor, director, producer, writer and crew member want to get back to work.,” he opined. " I think that “Stranger Things” is a true flag-bearing franchise for Netflix’s brand, and everyone there is also hungry to make the next season. However, none of that can happen unless there is a fair and equitable deal made,” he concludes, referring to the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strike.