‘Stranger Things’ Star Officially Jumps Ship Amid Backlash

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Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) looking surprised at high school

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Fans have long been wondering what might happen next in the Stranger Things franchise.

Conceived by the Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, the series unfolds in the mysterious town of Hawkins, Indiana, captivating global audiences with supernatural mysteries. The exceptional ensemble cast, featuring Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas, and Noah Schnapp as Will, along with seasoned actors Winona Ryder and David Harbour, adds depth to the narrative.

The young cast of Stranger Things (Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, Gaten Matarazzo, Maya Hawke, Sadie Sink, and Caleb McLaughlin) staring in shock
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Beyond their on-screen roles, the cast has become a cultural phenomenon, with Millie Bobby Brown emerging as a role model. The camaraderie among the cast members, evident in interviews and social media, has created a sense of community among fans. As the series progressed, the cast matured in their craft and navigated the challenges of fame, fostering a deep connection with the audience. While the confirmation of Stranger Things Season 5 brought excitement and nostalgia, it was bittersweet as it was revealed to be the final chapter in the Hawkins saga.

If you’ve been following the recent updates on Stranger Things, you’re aware that the show is gearing up for its fifth and final season. However, due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the production faced delays, impacting script development, contract negotiations, and finalizing details. Now, as the writers return and actors finalize deals, fans are eager to know when the hit Netflix series will return with new content. The Duffer Brothers, creators of the show, have been planning scenes with Funko! Pops, but challenges may lie ahead.

Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, and Natalia Dyer sitting on a couch below Christmas lights in Stranger Things
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Despite the confirmation, the lack of a filming start date has left fans eagerly awaiting updates. David Harbour revealed that production for Season 5 will take about a year, followed by 8-10 months of post-production. This implies a close to two-year wait before the season is released. Additionally, the controversy surrounding Noah Schnapp’s views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has stirred backlash, with some fans expressing intent to cancel their Netflix accounts.

Amid this backlash, many fans have wondered what might be next for the series. The Duffer Brothers have expressed their intent to make a spinoff after the final season is created. Multiple Stranger Things cast members have already shared that they understand the show has to come to an end, including Millie Bobby Brown, who said in a previous interview that she is ready to tell the show “thank you and goodbye.”

One actor who has shared he is not looking forward to the end of the show is none other than Gaten Matarazzo. In a previous interview, Matarazzo shared that he is not looking forward to being back to freelance again and that he doesn’t like the uncertainty of not knowing what roles might be next for him.

“There’s kind of an excitement there because you always want to wrap it up and see how these characters are going to finally develop one last time, and how they’re going to finish their journeys,” he said. “But also there’s like a deep fear. Not only has it been amazing, but it’s been pretty great job security for a while. Back to freelance.”

Dustin and the gang ready to play D&D in 'Stranger Things' Season 4
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While Matarazzo doesn’t know what lies ahead, a new movie pegging him as the star has been announced, including its trailer. Titled Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain (2023), the new trailer was just released for the movie, which stars Matarazzo as himself, as well as others like Nichole Sakura and John Goodman.

The movie has now been officially released on Peacock and has an R-rating.

“John Goodman narrates the adventure of Ben, Martin, and John, three childhood friends turned deadbeat co-workers, who fend off hairless bears, desperate park rangers (Meg Stalter and X Mayo) and a hypocritical cult leader (Bowen Yang) in the hopes of finding a priceless treasure, only to discover that finding the treasure is the easiest part of their journey,” the description reads.

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