Noah Schnapp got paid a pretty good amount of money to play the missing Will Byers on Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Details about the 11-year-old actor’s contract made its way online, revealing exactly how much he raked in for starring in the new series.
According to TMZ, Schnapp was paid $10,000 an episode for Season 1. Even though he only appeared in half the season, four episodes total, the outlet reported that he was guaranteed to be paid for five episodes, making his salary at least $50,000. If Schnapp is brought back for Season 2, his contract reportedly states that he will be paid $20,000 per episode.
Schnapp’s salary isn’t bad for someone who was absent for a majority of the season. His character, Will, went missing at the end of the first episode and wasn’t found until episode eight. Throughout the series, while his friends and family were searching for him, Will made brief appearances in the form of flashbacks and glimpses of what he was going through in the upside world.
Even though the season ended with Schnapp’s character returning home to his family, “Stanger Things” left a lot of unanswered questions about Will, which most likely means fans will be seeing more of him.
It was also announced this week that Netflix renewed the show, and will give Season 2 nine episodes instead of eight. The online streaming service also released the names of the new episodes. The first episode is titled “Madmax,” and the following episodes are “The Boy Who Came Back To Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywag,” “The Secret Cabin” and “The Brain.” Season 2’s last episode will be “The Lost Brother.”
During an interview with IGN, “Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffers dished on the new season revealing that it will take place in 1984. “We like thinking of these as movies, and it’s going to feel very different, and I’m sure that a lot of people are going to prefer Season 1, but I think a lot of people will prefer Season 2 because I think it’s going to be a little darker, and a little weirder,” Matt said.
Ross added that the cast in Season 2 will also be dealing with “new tension” since Will was found. “There are lingering questions, but the idea with Season 2 is there’s a new tension and the goal is can the characters resolve that tension by the end,” he explained. “So it’s going to be it’s own sort of complete little movie, very much in the way that Season 1 is.”
“Stranger Things” Season 2 will premiere in the summer of 2017.