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Stranger Things season 3 behind-the-scenes teaser unveiled

The Stranger Things crew has officially returned to Hawkins. 

Netflix has, after what has felt to fans like an eternity of waiting, kicked off production on the third season of Stranger Things. To celebrate the occasion, the streaming site rolled out a tantalizing little teaser that takes a peek behind the scenes of the new season to show what the cast and crew have been up to since getting back to work.

The promo clip features the Stranger Things stars joining together for the first table read of season 3, and also spotlights series newcomers Maya Thurman-HawkeCary Elwes, and Jake Busey. Thurman-Hawke, the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, takes on the role of Robin, an "alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful" — and who finds her finger on the pulse of Hawkins' hidden secrets. Meanwhile, Elwes portrays Hawkins' grimy politician Mayor Larry Kline and Busey plays Bruce, an "outwardly sexist, overweight, and bedraggled" journalist who works for The Hawkins Post.

According to Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy, season 3 will be "big and spooky" and filled with "legitimately creepy moments." But on the other hand, the new season is also set to be "incredibly warm and character-based because at the end of the day ... that's what people love most about Stranger Things."

Levy revealed in a separate interview that the new bundle of episodes will take place during summer vacation: "Season 3 is set in the summer, so right out of the gate that's a big difference. The first two seasons were very much school-based. This is that time of year where it's not about school. It's about the swimming pool and campfires and parades and Fourth of July and fireworks, so there's kind of a poppy fun to season 3 that's really enjoyable."

Stranger Things season 3 brings back all of our favorites: Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Sadie Sink as Maxine "Max" Mayfield, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, and Dacre Montgomery as Billy Hargrove.

The upcoming season doesn't yet have a release date.