The A-Scene is stepping back into the fictional town of Hawkins, where the castmates of ‘Stranger Things’ will be filming scenes for the show's upcoming third season.
Francesca Amiker spoke with Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin on the show, during the Primetime Emmys. The rising star did confirm that he and his castmates are filming scenes of the highly-anticipated third season during this time.
“I love the city. I love the food. The people are really nice. I’m from New Jersey and everyone is not if you know what I mean,” said Matarazzo.” I mean, I love it. Not everyone is super, super mean when I go to Atlanta everyone is much nicer.”
The first season of ‘Stranger Things’ was a love letter to ’80s classics that captivated a generation.
The series is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl, Eleven.
‘Stranger Things’ season two took us to 1984, where citizens of Hawkins, Indiana were still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
Now here’s what we know about season three:
The Starcourt Mall
Long before the days of purchasing items online at retailers like Amazon and eBay, malls across America were filled with shoppers who wanted to sample products and make their purchases in person.
Music fans sampled the latest hits at retailers like Record Bar and Tower Records, felt the fabrics of the newest clothes from stores like Belk and Davison’s, and there was always a retail outlet for every genre.
Hawkins, Indiana, the fictional town in “Stranger Things,” leaves viewers with a dose of those classic times from 1985 at The Starcourt Mall in the latest teaser released by Netflix.
“The Starcourt Mall will be one of the finest shopping facilities in America and beyond with options for the entire family. Including The Gap, Waldenbooks, Sam Goody, Claire's and more! Don't forget to cool off at Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream shop. Starcourt Mall has it all,” Netflix announced in a supersonic-filled clip paying tribute to ‘80s television commercials.
“I think the accuracy of the mall is awesome. No really, I think its really great. I know I wasn’t from that time, but whenever people set who grew up in that era are walking on set notice how real everything looks like the food court is hilarious. Just everything is awesome. The clothes…oh my goodness,” Matarazzo said.
Fans are already flocking through the comments of the YouTube clip trying to piece together what this means for the show’s infamous Upside Down.
Atlanta native and season two newcomer Priah Ferguson, who plays Erica Sinclair, told the A-Scene that she loves filming in her hometown.
Ferguson -- who also revealed she will be in every episode during season three -- shared that she also loves working with castmates Millie Bobbie Brown, Noah Schnap, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, just to name a few.
“They were all super sweet and they were really welcoming to me,” Ferguson said. “I’m excited to represent Atlanta."
Matarazzo revealed to the A-Scene that filming with his castmates in Atlanta plays a key role in the success of the show.
“Just the comradery between the cast is really great and where we’re filming is really great. Honestly, even though the traffic is absolutely terrible, it’s honestly pretty easy to find your way around,” Matarazzo chuckled. “Not many people are from Atlanta, so I think having everyone in one certain place are hub for ‘Stranger Things’ and where it is, I know we all have to go home at some point but it’s kind of like a second home for all of us.”
Paul Riser, who plays the villainous character Dr. Owens, joked with the A-Scene that they fictional Upside Down setting really is a hidden part of Atlanta.
“I was only inside a very dark gloomy building, so I didn’t get to see the rest of Atlanta. The people are great but I didn’t see the town,” said Reiser. “But I will say this. The kids are remarkably talented and remarkably sweet. We’ll see what happens next year when it all goes to their heads, but they were really welcoming to me. They let me sit at their lunch table.”
When we asked Reiser if he will be returning for the third season, he told us we’ll just have to wait and see.