It’s been less than a year since Stranger Things, the latest in a long line of hit shows from Netflix, took the world and social media by storm. Since then, fans have not only been eagerly awaiting the show’s return, but any information they can get on the upcoming second season. Mostly, we’ve just heard that the original cast would be returning, minus Barb, and a few new actors would be joining the series. That all changed last weekend, however, when the Super Bowl ad for the show opened the floodgates.
Though it was short and cryptic, it revealed more than many realized. Since that time, we’ve learned that the new season would delve into Eleven’s backstory, received some official photos from the upcoming episodes, and learned a bit more about the show’s new monsters. Though the series won’t be out until Halloween, we’re likely to learn a lot more about the plot and characters in the coming months. For now, there’s one less mystery as the final director has been revealed for the returning series, and it may surprise you.
EW has learned that Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton will be directing two out of the eight episodes of Stranger Things Season 2. Executive producer Shawn Levy (Arrival) had this to say on the unorthodox hire.
“Andrew called me out of the blue and said, ‘I love it. I would be honored to be part of it.’”
What’s intriguing about this is that Stanton reached out to Levy, and not the other way around. While the director of a CGI kids film about fish may not seem like the likeliest choice to helm an episode of the eerie Stranger Things, Levy and company must have seen something in the bittersweet hit film that they liked. Unfortunately for M. Night Shyamalan, but fortunately for many worried about his involvement, his desire to tackle an episode didn’t receive the same enthusiasm.
For Season 1 of Stranger Things, Levy directed two of the episodes while the series’ creators and showrunners, The Duffer Brothers, handle the other six. The Duffers be handling directoral duties on the first two episodes plus the finale this year, with Levy directing episodes 3 and 4 and Stanton helming 5 and 6. Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children) will call the shots on episode 7 to round things out. While the show is mostly keeping things in-house, it is surprising they haven’t pulled in some big-name horror directors, given the show’s success. Perhaps they prefer to keep things small and in their control, however. We’ll know soon enough how effective their strategy is.
Strangers Things Season 2 will premiere on Netflix around Halloween of this year.