Stranger Things star to host a hidden-camera prank show on Netflix
On Prank Encounters, Gaten Matarazzo, aka Dustin, will be tricking people who think they've started new jobs.
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Really, if one of the Stranger Things kids was more likely than the others to play tricks on his friends, it would have to be Dustin, right? So it's fitting that Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, will be hosting a hidden-camera prank show on
later this year.
The show is called Prank Encounters, Deadline reports, and Matarazzo, 16, will host and executive produce the show. Netflix has ordered eight episodes, Deadline says.
The show sounds like Candid Camera meets Punk'd meets Undercover Boss, as it's set in the workplace. Each episode focuses on two strangers who each think they're starting their first day at a new job, and then the pranking starts.
But first, Matarazzo will return to Netflix on Stranger Things when the third season premieres July 4.