Stranger Things season 4 release date, trailer, cast and more
Stranger Things Season 4 returns in either 2020 or 2021 – here's the first trailer and our release date predictions.
Stranger Things season 4 already started filming before coronavirus shut the world of TV and film down. There's no Stranger Things season 4 release date for the popular sci-fi horror series yet, then, but you can probably expect the smash hit show to return later than originally expected. That said, there's already a Stranger Things season 4 trailer. It shows Hopper held captive in a Russian prison after the events of the season 3 finale, a tease of what's to come in the next set of episodes.So what we can we expect from Stranger Things season 4? We don't have much to go on in terms of the story, but persuasive speculation sets the season 4 plot against the background of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Either way, Netflix's Momita SenGupta has described season 4 as "bigger, bolder, and more intricate than ever". It also looks like the show is shaping up to somehow get even darker.Originally intended to be anthology series, like American Horror Story, the popularity of Stranger Things' adorable cast ensured that Netflix fans would get plenty more of the charming little scamps. Here's everything we know about Stranger Things Season 4 so far, including its likely release date, cast, and more.
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The Stranger Things season 4 release date hasn't been revealed yet. Netflix tends to angle its release date around public holidays such as Halloween for Season 2, or the 4th of July for Season 3 – depending on the time of year within Stranger Things itself. There tends to be 1-2 years lead time between each season, so an early 2021 date seems likely. Production began in March 2020, but is currently at a standstill due to the coronavirus as mentioned.While we're still waiting on news of production returning to normal, Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) gave us an update on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (via Entertainment Weekly): "[The crew] already shot two weeks in Lithuania... We were just about to get into it, but for everyone's safety and well-being and health, obviously, production stopped," Brown said. "But we're ready to get back to work as soon as this is all over."
So a Spring season will likely be the best case scenario – that is, if current plot threads end up leading the show's story to the Chernobyl disaster, which occurred April 26, 1986, which isn't long after the 1985 setting of Season 3. (Yes, this theory is from Reddit, but it's pretty legit, okay?)But will Stranger Things season 4 be the final year of the show? In an interview with Vulture, Ross Duffer hinted the series would be "a four-season thing and then out." Series producer Shawn Levy clarified that "The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely" (via Entertainment Weekly).
Stranger Things season 4 trailer: Hopper is alive!
When Russian soldiers said "the American" should not be the victim fed to a captive Demogorgon in a mid-credits scene at the end of season 3, suspicious eyebrows were raised the world over. It could only be one man: Hopper. In a statement, The Duffer brothers said they were: "excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things 4 is now underway – and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper!" "Although it’s not all good news for our 'American'; he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human...and other. Meanwhile, back in the states, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything…"Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more. In the meantime – pray for the American." Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harington, has also called this the scariest season yet.
We also know that filming started in a new place before returning to the show's normal home of Atlanta. According to Murphy's Multiverse, first the team are setting off to Lithuania and shooting in and around where HBO shot their gripping smash hit, Chernobyl. That makes sense based on where we know Hopper is this season.
Stranger Things Season 4 cast: who's returning?
Brett Gelman plays Murray Bauman in Stranger ThingsDespite the fact that Stranger Things has now been officially renewed, there are no official casting announcements. However, you can be sure you'll get a lot of the same faces as season 3 – including Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Sadie Sink (Max), and Joe Keery (Steve Harrington). And, of course, Hopper (David Harbour).Maya Hawke (Robin), a newcomer for season 3, quickly became a fan favorite - and will almost certainly be a big presence – while Caleb's younger sister Erica (played by Priah Ferguson) will likely continue to enjoy a larger role in the show.Who won't we be seeing? Spoilers ahead (obviously), but we don't expect to see Dacre Montgomery (Billy) or Alec Utgoff (Alexei) again, though the showrunners could always surprise us. Heck, why not bring back Barb? With the Byers family moving out of Hawkins at the end of season 3, it may be that series regulars Winona Ryder (Joyce) and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) decided to back out from a further season, or will have smaller roles.However, that's probably not the case if we take Matt Duffer's interview with Entertainment Weekly as gospel, in which he said: “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins.”
Stranger Things season 4 could be split into two parts
WeGotThisCovered sources suggest that season 4 could be split in two. The rumor implies that, while there were rumblings that season 4 could be the last, its story will be continued as a second part: season 5. If this rumor bears fruit, it could well be down to the Duffer brothers wanting all the time they can to give the Hawkins kids the send-off they deserve.
Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 1 already has a working title
The Stranger Things' writers account revealed the title of Season 4, Episode 1 back in November 2019: it's called The Hellfire Club, which Marvel fans will know from the X-Men comics as a group of villains that includes Emma Frost. It's possible this is just a working title, or the kids are fans of these characters, but hey, every little detail counts.
Stranger Things season 4 is a Netflix exclusive
Winona Ryder, back in Season 1Stranger Things is one of Netflix's hottest properties, and, like the previous seasons, Season 4 will almost certainly only be on Netflix.Netflix is a paid-for online streaming service for browsers, TV streaming devices, and mobile and tablets apps. Even the cheapest Basic Plan on Netflix offers access to the whole catalogue of titles for £5.99 / $8.99 / AU$9.99 a month. However, you'll need the Premium Plan to watch the show in the highest video quality possible. You can see a breakdown of all the subscription options in our Netflix plans guide.
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The neon-lit shopping mall of Season 3 was a highlight of Stranger ThingsIf you're interested in Stranger Things' good looks as well – as you should be – you may be wondering what video formats the next season will be filmed in.All three seasons so far have been filmed in 4K Ultra HD resolution, meaning anyone with a 4K TV and a strong enough internet connection will be able to watch in a huge amount of detail. Seasons 2-3 are also in HDR (high dynamic range), meaning an expanded range of colors and enhanced contrast – important for a show awash with bright colors, dazzling neon, and moody skies – though again you'll need an HDR-compatible screen to make the most of it.Netflix also uses the Dolby Vision HDR format, rather than the competing HDR10+ standard – we know this is a lot to think about with your next TV, but some only support one format over the other.
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