The Star Of Stranger Things Proposes A Nancy Wheeler-Style Detective Spinoff
Natalia Dyer, who portrays Nancy Wheeler on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, has pitched a whole new mystery series.
Nancy Wheeler debuted in the first episode of Stranger Things and has since appeared in every subsequent episode. Despite the fact that she is not a member of the core group of kids, which includes her younger brother Mike, she is at the center of the series' teen plot. She dated Steve (Joe Keery), the clueless jock with a golden heart, for the first two seasons, but became entangled in a love triangle with Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton), whose little brother Will's disappearance served as the catalyst for the discovery of the Upside Down, the dimension from which the monstrous creature known as the Demogorgon emerged.
During an interview with Cosmopolitan, Dyer joked about Nancy perhaps getting her own show once Stranger Things ended. She added she wouldn't say no if the Duffer Brothers were involved, since they would contribute their own aesthetic sensibility to the project. Nancy, she says, had considered "becoming this detective kind, cool spy." Here's the rest of her quote:
"I wouldn’t write it off, if the [Duffer] brothers were involved. I’ve always had thoughts of Nancy becoming this detective type, cool spy, secret monster hunting…"
The Duffer brothers have previously teased various Stranger Things spinoffs that will follow the fifth and final season, which will broadcast in May and July after the two-part season 4 premiere. They haven't said who the characters will be or what stories they will pursue so far. According to Dyer, Nancy Wheeler isn't now the subject of any of their planned initiatives, based on the casual, lighthearted manner in which she offered her own proposal.
Dyer's spinoff concept seems like a mix of Stranger Things and Nancy Drew, which would be ideal for the era they're attempting to depict. Although the young detective's children's book series originated in 1930, The Nancy Drew Files was developed in the mid-80s as a more teen-oriented version of the series. This would be a fantastic fit for Nancy's life after the events of Stranger Things, so if the Duffer Brothers haven't already heard her idea, they should.