Stranger Things director and producer Shawn Levy has spoken about how the cast are keen to return to working on the show.
The show is one of many that is currently on pause due to the strikes in Hollywood. Although the writers strike (which began first) has come to an end and scripting for the fifth and final season has resumed, the actors are still on strike so nothing can be filmed.
Speaking to Variety, Levy said that there is a strong desire to get back to work, but notes that the cast want to achieve a fair deal first.
"I can't speak to how important Stranger Things is to Netflix in the strike talks, and I am not inclined to speak on their behalf," he said. "I can say with confidence I think every actor, director, producer, writer and crew member want to get back to work.
"I think that Stranger Things is a true flag-bearing franchise for Netflix's brand, and everyone there is also hungry to make the next season. However, none of that can happen unless there is a fair and equitable deal made. I'm saying a small prayer that I will already be back at work once this piece runs.
"We've already watched the cast of our show grow up in the public eye, and between 12 and 22, every human being changes profoundly. This passage of time is definitely not helping.
"That being said, our hair and makeup and wardrobe department are pretty exceptional, using costumes and wigs and makeup. The '80s are also our friends in returning these young adult actors to their iconic Hawkins characters. So we're going to use all the tools available to us. And I know our cast is as eager to get back to work as the rest of us."
One Stranger Things star who is definitely ready to film season 5 is Millie Bobby Brown, but that's partly because she's ready for the show to come to an end.
Stranger Things seasons 1-4 are now streaming worldwide on Netflix.
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