Netflix has dropped the first teaser for Season 3 of Stranger Things and the spoof video is going full 1980s.
The fake promo introduces us to the Starcourt Mall, a new addition to the tiny town of Hawkins, Indiana, which promises to be “one of the finest shopping facilities in America and beyond”. On offer include everything from The Gap and Waldenbooks to Sam Goody and Claire’s – and, in the middle of it all, stands Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Shop, staffed by none other than Steve (Joe Keery), looking cute in pastel colours.
Alongside him is our first proper look at new character Robin, played by Maya Hawke, described by the show’s creators as “an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful”. She will be joined by Priah Ferguson, upgraded to a recurring role as Erica Sinclair, and Francesca Reale, who has a recurring role as Heather, a lifeguard at the local Hawkins pool, who becomes “the centrepiece of a dark mystery”.
Other hints in the new trailer include the presence of Starcourt Industries, a potential corporate foe for a small town where shady organisations have caused trouble before, and the promise of the mall “coming next summer” – which may well mean that we have to wait a whole year for Season 3’s release.
The video follows comments from David Harbour (returning as Sheriff Hopper), who confirmed that the season will be set in 1985 and that the upcoming season will be riskier and more experimental.
“We’re taking risks, and I hope that they pay off but they are risks. We’re going into territories we’ve never been to before, and it’s exciting.”
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