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Winona Ryder had some big questions when she first sat down to discuss a potential role in Netflix’s Stranger Things. The most important of which is: What exactly is Netflix? Series director and executive producer Shawn Levy revealed Ryder’s initial questions during a recent interview on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast.
“Winona opened our first meeting, [Duffers Brothers] And I sat down and drank tea with her,” Levy recalls. “She opened with a question: ‘What is Netflix? What is streaming? Is it like TV but different?’ Netflix and streaming stories.”
Ryder will be cast in the series regular role of Joyce Byers. The show played a huge role in revitalizing Ryder’s career, and she will return as Joyce when Stranger Things begins filming its fifth and final season next year. Levy said that the fifth season of Stranger Things is “epic in its cinematic scope.”
“But it’s very strange stuff,” he confirmed. “I have to give credit to the Duffer Brothers. You read the outlines sometimes and they’re huge, but then you read the scripts and you remember over and over again that their instinct to anchor the epic in intimacy, to anchor the darkness of the genre in the warmth of these characters, is something that’s so innate to them. The season has become The fifth is bigger, but he doesn’t forget who or what he is.
Production of Stranger Things season 5 was affected by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. While writing on the show resumed after the WGA strike ended, the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike means production is still unable to resume.
“I can confidently say that I believe every actor, director, producer, writer and crew member wants to get back to work,” Levy said recently. diverse. “I believe Stranger Things is a true franchise for the Netflix brand, and everyone there is also hungry to get the next season done. However, none of that can happen unless a fair and equitable agreement is reached.”
Levy returns to Netflix as director of the four-part miniseries All the Light We Cannot See, based on Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The show airs on November 2 on the platform.