If Netflix's Stranger Things was made in 1983, here is who I think would be the cast.
Taking the setting of the most buzzed about show of the summer and combining it with my love of dream casting.
- •Nancy: Diane LaneEarly 80s Diane Lane could pull off "Girl next door" with charm and depth.
- •Eleven: Winona RyderShe was still 3 years away from her debut in "Lucas" but I can't resist this perfect casting.
- •Mike: Ethan Hawke"Explorers" (released in 1985) is clearly a big influence and I am tempted to steal all their casting.
- •Joyce: Jill ClayburghShe was in a great run of terrific performances from late 70s/early 80s.
- •Chief Hopper: Brian DennehyWould give him chance to play an outwardly similar but ultimately very different character he was often cast as in that era.
- •Jonathan: Timothy HuttonFresh off "Ordinary People" & "Taps" perfect for the loner, older brother.
- •Steve: James SpaderA perfect precursor to Blaine. Although I can make case for Matt Dillon as Steve and Spader as his truly psycho buddy.
- •Will: Lukas HaasMaybe Wil (Wheaton) here.
- •Dustin: Corey Feldman
- •Lucas: Alfonso Ribeiro
- •Dr. Martin Brenner: Klaus Kinski
- •Karen Wheeler: Kate JacksonMike & Nancy's put upon mom who is always trying.
- •Barb: Cynthia NixonBecause I always thought Miranda got taken for granted as well.