Season 1 of Stranger Things launched Finn Wolfhard into stardom, and since then, it’s become clear that he has a knack for horror—and, oddly enough, ’80s nostalgia. After appearing in the Duffer Brothers’ homage to ’80s pop culture, he went on to star in the 2017 movie It based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel. Wolfhard’s latest role takes him back to the ’80s once again—because he stars in Weezer’s super retro new music video for their cover of “Take On Me.”
In the video, released today, February 12th, Wolfhard plays Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo circa 1985, complete with a mullet and torn denim vest. When his mom leaves the house for the night, Wolfhard-as-Cuomo and his bandmates decide to “play as loud as we want.” They plug in their instruments and blast the iconic a-ha hit “Take On Me.” In an homage to the original music video, the bandmates shift in and out of a 2D world of pencil sketches. It’s almost a little too convincing, and we’re no longer sure that Wolfhard isn’t secretly a time traveler.
Check out the “Take On Me” video below.
Weezer proved they’re the undisputed masters of nostalgia in May 2018 when they released their cover of “Africa” by Toto. The song became one of the biggest hits of summer, and as Pitchfork reported, its success led the band to release an entire album of covers on January 24th. “Take On Me” was among the songs covered on Weezer (Teal Album), along with songs like “No Scrubs” and “Billie Jean.”
Weezer’s “Take On Me” is without a doubt a nostalgic bop, and Wolfhard is perfect as a young Cuomo. Maybe being stuck in the ’80s isn’t such a bad thing.