‘It’s going to have to be a back-and-forth with me’: David Harbour Can’t Decide Which Project Takes Priority – Strangers Things 5 or MCU’s Thunderbolts

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Stranger Things is the project that turned David Harbour into a big name. Before that, he was getting small supporting roles in a few movies like Suicide Squad, but it’s safe to say that Jim Hopper was his breakout role. He gained a lot of popularity and started to get more substantial roles because of Netflix. Hellboy was something that didn’t work out, but his portrayal of the Red Guardian in Black Widow certainly did. And now he is set to reprise his MCU role in Thunderbolts while also starring in Stranger Things season 5 as well. In fact, his filming schedule is going to be really packed as he’d be working on both projects simultaneously.


Having a jam-packed schedule could take a heavy toll on actors sometimes. In recent times, we’ve seen A-Listers like Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, and many others taking a few months’ breaks from filming after being involved in 4-5 back-to-back projects. So, something like that could be headed for David Harbour as well because he’s going to be a part of an extensive and complicated work regimen with his upcoming projects.

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David Harbour’s Packed Schedule

While speaking with Collider recently, David Harbour confirmed that the filming of Stranger Things season 5 and Thunderbolts is going to be quite tricky. Both those projects would begin production in 2023 and will overlap as they’d be shot at the same time. But he is pretty passionate about playing Alexie Shostakov and Jim Hopper, so he’s confident that it will work out for the best!

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Here’s how his situation will be tackled according to him:


“It’s going to have to be a back-and-forth with me. They’re going to have to sort of share me. And so it is kind of like, I don’t know exactly how they’re working it, but it’s a week on, week off, two weeks on, two weeks off, something like that where I would go back and forth. They both are being shot in Atlanta. That may have also been structured in a certain way, but yes, it is helpful. So I can just literally shoot a scene in Stranger Things and get in my car and run over to the Marvel scene to shoot a scene there maybe.”

Well, you’d be surprised to know that something like this is pretty common in Hollywood.

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Why David Harbour is Lucky…

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David Harbour in Black Widow

There are instances where actors have to opt out of roles due to prior contractual obligations. But in many big-budget projects, Studios also accommodate the talents they work with by systematically managing their schedules so they could fulfill their commitments. David Harbour is playing key roles in both his Netflix and MCU projects, so it’s good to see that he is being allowed to work on both of them at the same time. It’s going to be hard for him, but it certainly isn’t impossible. And he even agreed that he is lucky to get such an opportunity.


Also Read: “It’s full steam ahead”: Stranger Things Creators Reveal Netflix Execs Were ‘Crying’ After Final Season Plotline Despite Deadpool 3 Director and Producer Shawn Levy Threatening Boycott

All you Harbour fans could catch him in his upcoming action movie, Violent Night on December 2, 2-22. Meanwhile, Thunderbolts is scheduled for July 26, 2024, and Stranger Things season 5 should arrive sometime in late 2024 or early-mid 2025.

Source: Collider


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Written by Neal Johnson

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