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‘Stranger Things’ season 3 premiere date is July 4

Originally posted Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The Duffer brothers took 15 months between seasons one and two of “Stranger Things.” Now it will be 20 months between season two and three.

The eight-episode third season begins July 4. Taping in metro Atlanta recently wrapped. 

The series is now set in 1985 and based on the reported time line, will likely start fictionally on or around July 4 of that year. There’s no doubt we’ll be seeing plenty of Hawkins, Ind.’s new Starcourt Mall, which is actually an empty space in Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth

“Stranger Things,” one of Netflix’s most popular series to date, began production season one more than three years ago. The risk of any series focused on youth is the kids grow up, for better or worse. It’ll be interesting to see how the series copes with that if Netflix and the Duffer brothers choose to go more than three seasons. 

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Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas, is already 17. Breakout star Millie Bobby Brown,  who plays Eleven, is almost 15. Gaten Mattarazzo, who plays Dustin, is 16. Noah Schnapp, who plays Will, is the youngest at 14. Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, just turned 16. Sadie Sink, who plays Max, is also 16. 

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Caleb Mclaughlin, Sadie Sink and Noah Schnapp attend the Netflix Original Series "Stranger Things" Press Conference on December 10, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by (Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images for Netflix) ) (Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Gaten Matarazzo attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)) (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: UNICEF today appointed Emmy-Nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown as its youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador on World Children's Day on November 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for UNICEF)) (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for UNICEF)

The Duffers are known as auteurs who like to get things right. Fortunately, Netflix is not bound by the strictures of broadcast TV so it could time the show’s release to whatever it felt was best. And this gives the producers plenty of time to finish post-production. 

Netflix released a “teaser” featuring this week with clips from 1985’s Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve. 

And here’s the promo poster:

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