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Stranger Things De-Boot: 80s Actors Perfect for This Modern Hit

Sigourney Weaver—Joyce Byers

Sigourney Weaver—Joyce Byers

The “Queen of Sci-Fi” has more than enough acting chops to take on the role of grieving mother Joyce Byers. Just like Sigourney’s Alien role of Ellen Ripley, Joyce is no one-trick pony. She takes matters into her own hands in the search for her lost son, no matter what anyone else thinks.

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Harrison Ford—Chief Jim Hopper

Harrison Ford—Chief Jim Hopper

Similar to one of Ford’s most famous characters, Indiana Jones, Chief Jim Hopper displays a healthy dose of skepticism until shown the facts. Besides, can you think of anyone else more perfect to take on a government-sanctioned secret program?

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Henry Thomas—Mike Wheeler

Henry Thomas—Mike Wheeler

Based on his role in E.T., Henry Thomas is no stranger to hiding secret powers and weird occurrences from adults. Not to mention, he has the moppy haircut of Mike down pat.

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Winona Ryder—Eleven

Winona Ryder—Eleven

In 1983, Winona Ryder would have been 12, the exact age of Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the psychokinetic Eleven. The eerily similar appearances between the two actors squash any doubt that a young Winona would have been cast in the role.

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Corey Feldman—Dustin Henderson

Corey Feldman—Dustin Henderson

Dustin was the glue that kept the gang of Stranger Things together, even when they disagreed. From his turn as “Mouth” in The Goonies, Corey Feldman shows that he’s a perfect fit for the wingman role.

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Alfonso Ribeiro—Lucas Sinclair

Alfonso Ribeiro—Lucas Sinclair

From 1984-1987, Alfonso played Ricky’s best friend on the sitcom Silver Spoons. So, it isn’t a stretch that he would be cast into another youthful crew in 1983. As if that weren’t enough, Alfonso could, without a doubt, rock a camo bandana!

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Mia Sara—Nancy Wheeler

Mia Sara—Nancy Wheeler

Mia Sara would be the perfect doe-eyed Nancy Wheeler for our 1983 version. Nancy is no typical “popular girl” archetype, and Mia’s role as Sloane Peterson in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off straddled a similar line between being cool and genuinely caring.

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Andrew McCarthy—Jonathan Byers

Andrew McCarthy—Jonathan Byers

Jonathan Byers is a little disillusioned and removed from the world around him. With one look at his family’s past, you can’t really blame him. That sounds like the perfect role for Andrew McCarthy of St. Elmo’s Fire, whose character, Kevin, had a similarly sullen outlook.

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Linda Gray—Karen Wheeler

Linda Gray—Karen Wheeler

There was no show bigger than Dallas in the early ‘80s, and no one had more fun on the series than Linda Gray, who played the gin-swirling Sue Ellen. While Karen Wheeler isn’t as dramatic, she certainly isn’t boring. Linda would bring the perfect amount of life to this role!

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Wolf Kahler—Dr. Martin Brenner

Wolf Kahler—Dr. Martin Brenner

A tall, blond government official runs a undercover program to unlock secrets at the fringes of known science. No, we’re not talking about Herman Dietrich from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but we might as well be. Wolf Kahler would have made a perfect Dr. Martin Brenner.

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Sean Astin—Will Byers

Sean Astin—Will Byers

Will spent most of the season lost in an alternate reality, so he doesn’t get much screen time. However, he is poised to have a larger impact on the series in the future. Who better than a young, swoopy-haired Sean Astin to pay a character that demands our empathy?

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Charlie Sheen—Steve Harrington

Charlie Sheen—Steve Harrington

There’s no doubt Charlie Sheen can take on the role of a “bad boy.” As Steve Harrington grows and matures throughout the series, it would have been interesting to see how Charlie would have interpreted the role.

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Shelley Duvall—Terry Ives

Shelley Duvall—Terry Ives

Anyone who’s seen The Shining can tell you that Shelley Duvall can convincingly play a tortured soul. Plus, she has that certain visage that says “I’ve been taking LSD for a while, so no one really believes me when I say my miscarriage wasn’t real.” No offense.

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Ally Sheedy—Barbara Holland

Ally Sheedy—Barbara Holland

Barb was the surprise breakout star of the series. This fan-favorite was a good friend, moral compass, and unswayed by anyone else’s opinion. Give Ally Sheedy a red-hued makeover and some oversized glasses, and she would be the perfect Barb!

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