If you’ve already blown through all nine episodes of Stranger Things 2, chances are you’re going through some not-so-fun withdrawal. We feel you. The bad news for those craving a return to Hawkins, Indiana is that the third season isn’t filming anytime soon, and it’ll be at least a year until it hits Netflix — and that’s optimistic. But the good news is that you don’t have to wait to see the kids from Stranger Things on screen again. The young actors are involved in plenty of great projects outside of the Upside Down, from massive sci-fi blockbusters to quiet indie dramas, so you can fill that hunger for more Stranger Things in small doses. Here’s a look at some of what the kids are up to next.
Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler, is set to appear in the 2018 film Dog Days alongside Nina Dobrev and Vanessa Hudgens. Directed by comedian Ken Marino, who recently starred in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, the film tells the story of interconnected people in Los Angeles brought together by their dogs. Wolfhard is also set to lend his voice to the Netflix revival of Carmen Sandiego, premiering in 2019. Wolfhard’s character in the animated series, Player, is described as Carmen Sandiego’s chief accomplice and friend. It’s also likely he’ll return in flashbacks for IT: Chapter 2, which was just announced for 2019.
Millie Bobby Brown
Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, is set to star in another massive sci-fi franchise. Brown will make her feature film debut in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla. The film, scheduled for release in March 2019, has wrapped production but details on the plot and Brown’s character are being kept secret. The sequel is also part of a giant monster cinematic universe that includes Kong: Skull Island, so there’s a chance she might appear in more sequels.
Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas, will voice a character for the upcoming animated comedy series Final Space on TBS. The series also features the voices of Fred Armisen and David Tennant, and follows an astronaut named Gary (Olan Rogers) and his planet-destroying sidekick named Mooncake (Armisen). So far, McLaughlin’s role is unknown, but Final Space premieres in early 2018.
Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, has a full plate of projects in the works before the next season of Stranger Things. In late 2017 or early 2018, he’s appearing in We Only Know So Much, a film adaptation based on the bestselling book of the same name that follows four generations of an eccentric American family. Then, later in 2018, he has a starring role in Abe, an indie drama about a half-Palestinian-Arab, half Jewish-Israeli teen living in Brooklyn.
Gaten Matarazzo plays Dustin, but it doesn’t look like he’s involved in any other projects between Stranger Things seasons, which will just make his return even better.
Natalia Dyer, who plays Mike’s sister, Nancy, recently wrapped filming for Mountain Rest, an indie drama to be released sometime in 2018. Mountain Rest is about an aging actress who sequesters herself in a small mountain town and attempts to reconcile with her estranged family. Dyer’s also set to star in Tuscaloosa playing an asylum patient who falls in love with her doctor’s son, which hasn’t started filming and doesn’t yet have a release date.
Charlie Heaton, who plays Jonathan Byers, just finished filming The New Mutants, the forthcoming horror movie-esque installment in the X-Men franchise. Heaton plays Sam Guthrie, better known by his superhero name Cannonball, a mutant from Kentucky who can propel himself at jet speeds. The film follows a group of five young mutants held in a secret research facility against their will, and Heaton looks to be taking on a role oddly similar to Eleven in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington, has two big upcoming projects, including Slice, a murder mystery starring Chance the Rapper about the death of a pizza delivery driver. All that’s known so far is that Keery plays “Jackson” in Slice, which is written and directed by the director behind Chance’s awesome “Sunday Candy” music video. Keery also just finished filming Shotgun, about a young couple dealing with a life-changing illness. Slice and Shotgun are both set to open in 2018.