David Harbor says ‘Stranger Things’ will begin production on final season soon

Published: 9:33 AM PST, November 11, 2023

David Harbor he says and the rest of Stranger Things The cast is getting ready to head back to film the fifth and final installment of the hit Netflix series.

Harbour, 48, spoke to members of the media on Thursday night at the BoxLunch gala and shared the footage for the show – which was delayed by 118-day SAG-AFTRA strike — is now only “a few days” away.

The actor has portrayed the lovable and gruff Sheriff Jim Hopper on Stranger Things since Season 1 hit the streaming app in July 2016. Harbour’s character quickly became a fan favorite, and the show helped launch the actor to a new level of stardom after an already successful career.

talking with VarietyHarbor said the cast and crew of the sci-fi drama series will have to return to Hawkins, Indiana — the fictional town where the show is set — as they are already behind schedule.

“I mean, we had to film the last season of Stranger Things, don’t we? I’ll be down there in a few days. We need to get going – we’re late,” he said.

Havn told later People that he got a call from producers to resume production just 10 minutes after the strike ended.

“They literally called me I think 10 minutes after the SAG thing on Twitter,” he said. “The first AD [Assistant Director] is like, ‘So, get the plane to you on Monday, right? We’re going to perform in Atlanta.”

The fourth season of Stranger Things dropped on Netflix in two parts in May and July 2022, and the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, confirmed in August 2022 that they were in the early stages of writing the fifth season. More shops reported that filming was to take place over the summer, but was interrupted by the respective WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

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Harbour, who took over the title of BoxLunch Giving Ambassador from fellow actor Simu Liu, ended the night’s event by announcing that he would match BoxLunch’s $100,000 donation to Feeding America.

Speaking to the crowd, Harbor joked that since Liu has left the position, Shang-Chi star can now focus on his main job.

“Thinking your job is no longer Giving Ambassador, you’re going back to the beach. It’s Ken’s job, it’s the beach,” Harbor joked, referencing Liu’s role in Barbie.

That Gran Turismo actor said he decided to double the donation because she could not be surpassed by his predecessor.

“I didn’t want a very beautiful young actor who was last year’s ambassador to outdo me in any way,” Harbor said after the gala.

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Aside from his role on the Netflix series and his new philanthropic title, Harbor has a busy year ahead after filming wraps Stranger Thingswill he have to jump back into his role as the Red Guardian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Harbor was supposed to shoot Marvel’s Thunderbolts film over the summer before the SAG-AFTRA strike delayed production. On Thursday, Disney announced that the film – originally set to hit theaters in 2024 – has been pushed back to July 2025.

Thunderbolts is an Avengers-level team-up including the universe’s anti-heroes and stars with veteran MCU actors Sebastian Stan, Florence Pugh, Julia Louis-DreyfusOlga Kurylenko and Wyatt Russelland adds Marvel newcomers Steven Yeunand Ayo Edebiri.

In february, Harbor spoke to ET about the upcoming MCU project and said he was excited to be reunited with Pugh – who starred alongside him in the 2020s Black Widow — as well as the other new and returning MCU actors.

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“I feel like there’s a lot of fun to be had,” Harbor added of the impending team-up. “I’m really excited about it. I was thinking if I was going to be brought back or how I was going to be brought back. And this is really beyond my expectations of cool.”

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