Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Adds Matthew Modine to Cast (Exclusive)

Actor joins Winona Ryder, David Harbour in Duffer brothers mystery drama series

Netflix’s new supernatural drama “Stranger Things” has added Matthew Modine to the cast, TheWrap has learned.

The actor joins Winona Ryder and David Harbour in the eight-episode series. The drama is set in the 1980s and is about a mystery surrounding a boy who vanishes and the ever-expanding government conspiracy that unravels in its wake.

Ryder will play the boy’s single mother while Harbour will play the town’s chief of police, tasked with investigating the disappearance.

Modine has been cast in the role of Dr. Martin Brenner, a brilliant, enigmatic scientist who may or may not be connected to the boy’s mysterious disappearance.

The veteran actors are joined by a group of young actors including Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton.

The Duffer Brothers (“Wayward Pines”) will serve as executive producers, along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps Entertainment banner. The show, previously working under the title “Montauk,” is a Netflix production.

Earlier this year, Modine starred opposite Jennifer Beals on TNT drama series “Proof.” On the film side, he recently wrapped production on “The Confirmation” with Clive Owen and Maria Bello as well as “47 Meters Down” opposite Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. He is represented by Untitled, APA and The Artists Partnership.