With the release of season 4 of Stranger Things, it is clear that the cast has grown since the beginnings of the Netflix series. We invite you to immerse yourself in the auditions of young actors.
In the space of six years and four seasons, the teenagers of Stranger Things have been a great success and above all have changed a lot! The difference between the inaugural season and season 4, the first part of which has been available since May 27 on Netflix, is obvious and the pre-teens have become young adults.
The posting of the new episodes of the series is an opportunity to dive back into memories, thanks to the “Beyond Stranger Things” program, which dates from 2018 and which allowed the whole team to come back to key moments of the design of the series and filming.
This exclusive program, available on Netflix, is also a place of exchange between creators Matt and Ross Duffer and the cast, who notably commented on the first castings of the young talents of Stranger Things. And Millie Bobby Brown and the others were already well invested in their roles when we see these little excerpts from auditions, which we can discover on Youtube or on Netflix.
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)
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Born February 19, 2004, Millie Bobby Brown took his first steps in the series Once Upon A Time in which she played young Alice in two episodes. The young actress then distinguished herself in other series such as Intruders, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy. She was 11 years old when she passed the casting for the role of Eleven in Stranger Things and the creators had a real crush on her.
Noah Schnapp (Will)
Born October 3, 2004, Noah Schnapp began his career playing for a great director: Steven Spielberg. Young Noah played the son of Tom Hanks and Amy Ryan in The Bridge of Spies in 2015. The same year, he passed the casting for Stranger Things at the age of 10 for the role of Mike Wheeler. He finally landed the role of the sensitive Will Byers, whose disappearance will be at the heart of the first season of the Netflix series.
Born on December 23, 2002, Finn Wolfhard made her debut in small roles in The 100 and supernatural. After an aborted film project, the young man considers giving up his career and concentrating on directing until he lands two roles that will change his life. He is chosen to play in That first then in Stranger Things, after a video audition he did at age 12, sick from his bed. Finn Wolfhard almost didn’t become Mike Wheeler because of It, but the postponement of the film due to Cary Fukanaga’s departure from directing allowed the actor to star in Stranger Things and then participate in It afterwards.
Born October 13, 2001, Caleb McLaughlin began his career on the boards of Broadway where he interpreted the young Simba in the musical The Lion King. He then participated in a few television series such as New York: Special Unit or Unforgettable. He was 13 years old when he auditioned for Stranger Things and landed the role of Lucas Sinclair thanks to his poise and assertive acting.
Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin)
Gaten Matarazzo, born September 8, 2022, began his career on Broadway, as Caleb McLaughlin, in the musical Priscilla, queen of the desert, and in Les Miserables. After an appearance on The Blacklist, he skipped the Stranger Things cast at age 12 and landed the role of Dustin, a character that would quickly become a fan favorite.