With 'Stranger Things' Season 3 coming out, Finn Wolfhard is set to captivate audiences in 2019
He has been the sci-fi kid ever since he stepped into the big screen but now, he is about to star in variant roles
Finn Wolfhard turned heads with his breakthrough role as Mike Wheeler, the lovable lead of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' and while he is all set to enter his teenhood in the upcoming Season 3, 2019 will be quite the Wolfhard year. The now 16-year-old actor is known for his role in the Netflix series, and made his mark in horror movies with his perfect comical timing in his role as Richie Tozier in Andy Muschietti’s big-screen adaptation of the Stephen King classic 'IT'.
While this year, his most significant project will remain the Netflix series, Wolfhard has quite a lot to look forward to. However, first let's see where this actor actually comes from. Let's just say, Wolfhard has always been an insanely creative boy.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to a family of French, German and Jewish descent, Wolfhard is the son of Eric Wolfhard, a screenwriter, and he also has an older brother named Nick. Wolfhard actually developed his interest in acting from his father and to help the latter promote his scripts.
In an interview with Vulture, he explained, "It’s insanely hard for my dad... A lot of the reason why I also got into this was to sell his scripts. Hey, if I was in show business, I can promote: 'Hey, check it out — you’re in the film business? That’s cool. My dad’s in the film business.'”
Wolfhard's caring nature has perhaps even extended out to his character Mike who also uses his influence to help out his friend Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) who somehow seems to be the most victimized character ever. As Will's go-to buddy, Wolfhard has won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Barely a year after starring on 'Stranger Things', Wolfhard extended out into his interest in music and formed the band Calpurnia where he took up vocals and rhythm guitar, and was joined by Malcolm Craig (drums), Ayla Tesler-Mabe (lead guitar, vocals) and Jack Anderson (bass).
The band was recruited by Weezer in February this year, as the four members were featured in their new video 'Take On Me'. What is really admirable about Wolfhard is that he isn't interested in the fame following him. Instead, he is deeply intrigued by the art of filmmaking, although he did start off his career on Craigslist.
In an interview, the actor explained, "I just used to be interested in filmmaking in general”. He added: “I think growing up in Vancouver is a different lifestyle than growing up in most other places. People make different choices, obviously. Finally, I just got into acting."
Although filmmaking might be a little further down the line, Wolfhard has already packed himself with an extremely busy year ahead. Following his role as Tozier in the 2017 adaptation on 'IT', chances are he will be back to resume the role in 'IT: Chapter 2', although most probably as a guest star since all the kids in the present storyline are already grown up. Bill Hader will play the older Richie in 'IT: Chapter 2', a casting choice that Wolfhard himself predicted.
He is also set to set star alongside Brooklynn Prince ('The Florida Project'), and Mackenzie Davis ('Tully', 'Halt and Catch Fire') in 'The Turning', another horror film which has been directed by 'The Runaways' filmmaker Floria Sigismondi. However, soon he will divert from his roles in unnatural worlds as he all set to play a pivotal role in 'The Goldfinch' coming from director John Crowley's adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel.
Wolfhard will play the teenage Boris Pavlikovsky, an interesting and dangerous character in the story, whom the book's main character meets in Las Vegas for the first time. It will be interesting to see how the actor comes up with a complex accent that involves Russian, Ukrainian, and Australian dialects.
Other than acting onscreen, Wolfhard is also set to lend his voice for several roles. He voiced alongside Gina Rodriguez on Netflix's 'Carmen Sandiego', and Wolfhard will be part of one of the most iconic families of the '90s - The Addams Family.
Voicing Pugsley Addams, he will be heard alongside Nick Kroll, Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Elsie Fisher, and a half-dozen other beloved actors. If that wasn't enough, he will relive his 'Stranger Things' days as the actor is also set to star in 'Ghostbusters 3'. 'Stranger Things' Season 3 returns to Netflix on July 4.