Hopper’s Role In Stranger Things Almost Went To Another Famous Actor

Hopper’s Role In Stranger Things Almost Went To Another Famous Actor

David Harbour, who portrays Jim Hopper in Netflix’s Stranger Things, recently revealed how the role almost went to another more famous actor.

Jim Hopper has one of the best character developments in the series. He goes from being an annoyingly lazy police officer in Hawkins to an absolute gem who made us all ball our eyes out in the season 3 finale.

Hopper’s Role In Stranger Things Almost Went To Another Famous Actor
Jim Hopper | Source: IMDb

So to think of anyone other than Harbour in the role of Hopper is unimaginable. However, during a New York Comic Con 2021 panel, the actor talked about how time and time again he suspects who could’ve been cast in the role had that person accepted it,

As reported by CBR, Harbour said,

And I joke with the Duffer Brothers. There was one person that was offered the role of Hopper before me, who was apparently a big movie star, and occasionally when I am in such a self-hatred mood that I Google myself, ScreenRant’s got all these articles that are always like, occasionally they’ll be like, ‘Ewan McGregor was off-,’ but I still don’t know who the actual celebrity — if anybody knows, let me know so I can thank them for passing.

David Harbour

Harbour was also nominated for several Primetime Emmy awards for his performance as Hopper.

It looked like the character was killed off at the end of season 3, but the post-credit scene had fans suspecting otherwise. The fan theories were proven correct when a teaser for season 4 showed Hopper breathing and alive in Russia.

(As happy as I was to see him alive, I felt cheated! It meant I cried over NOTHING when Eleven read Hopper’s letter in the third season’s finale.)

Speaking of teasers, Harbour added that there’s another one on the way, and all of these locations are connected to season 4,

So, there’s four… Scene 001, 002… then we came out with the Creel House. There’ll be one more. So there are these storylines coursing through.


Season 4 will use the arcs established in the first three seasons as a base to tell an intricate story,

There’s an escape, Hopper trying to get home to his family element to it, which is really incredible. It’s an incredible storyline. I think I have the best storyline… It relates to this narrative coming back, and then there’s this new Creel House thing, which is a new element of a situation in Hawkins, which of course, all relate… And [it] really becomes a complete piece.

So it’s a really deep season, and it’s got tremendous action to it — action on a level that we’ve never done before. So, it’s really exciting, and I’m so sorry it’s taking so long. It’s gonna be so good, though. Don’t give up on us!

Season 4 does not have a release date yet, so it definitely feels like a long wait.

(Next thing you know, the kids are all grown up, and the series would be set in the 90s instead.)

Hopper’s Role In Stranger Things Almost Went To Another Famous Actor
Stranger Things | Source: Netflix

Hopefully, we don’t have to wait much longer as Stranger Things season 4 is scheduled to arrive on Netflix in 2022.

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About Stranger Things

Stranger Things is an American sci-fi horror tv series created by the Duffer Brothers for Netflix. The series was developed as a mix of investigative drama alongside supernatural elements and childlike sensibilities. Setting the series in the 1980s means it is infused wth pop culture references of that decade. It is also inspired by the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King, as well as anime and video games. The series premiered on Netflix on July 15, 2016.

Set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy, Will Byers, supernatural events occurring around town, and the appearance of Eleven, a strange girl with psychokinetic abilities.

In season 2, Will returns from the Upside Down albeit with side effects and some of its entities crawling into the real world. In season 3, the kids continue their battle against the Upside Down entities. As per the latest season 4 teaser, the show is likely to delve deep into Eleven’s origin story.

Source: CBR