Barb is back, but unfortunately not in Stranger Things. Shannon Purser is set to appear in a brand new show.
NBC has announced that the actress has been cast in the new drama pilot titled Drama High. The show is inspired by the real-life story of high school drama teacher Lou Volpe.
The story was chronicled in the book of the same title. It was written by one of Volpe’s students, Michael Sokolove, in 2013.
The story revolves around a working-class high school drama department and its students. The students draw motivation from a passionate high school theater program teacher and family man who gives so much dedication to the program.
Purser will portray the role of Annabelle, one of the students in the town. She works hard to make it to the cast of Spring Awakening despite not fitting the exact appearance of what everyone has in mind.
According to Deadline, creator Jason Katims decided to create a role for Purser after he met with her for another part. Moana star Auli’i Cravalho was also cast to play Lilette, while Amy Forsyth will be portraying Gwen Strickland. Other cast members are Rosie Perez and Rarmian Newton.
The new show was created by Katims, the executive producer of Friday Night Lights along with Broadway hit Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. Katims, Seller, Michelle Lee, and Flody Suarez will also serve as executive producers.
Barb in Stranger Things Season 2
Barb is not coming back in the second season of the Netflix hit sci-fi series. However, she will still play a major role in the storyline of season 2.
It seems like her BFF Nancy will finally mourn her death. Showrunner Ross Duffer said Nancy will struggle over the loss of her friend and fans will see its effects this season.
Matt Duffer also assured Barb will not be forgotten and that there will be justice for her in the upcoming installment. Many fans of Stranger Things were disappointed when the thick-rimmed glasses wearing teen was killed. They got more outraged when Barb’s death received little attention from the residents of Hawkins, Indiana.
Duffer had explained the reason behind it. He told IGN:
“Season one actually takes place over the course of six or seven days—it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”
Stranger Things season 2 will debut in October 31 in Netflix. Meanwhile, Purser currently appears on Riverdale as Ethel Muggs.
Image Source: Instagram/Shannon Purser