In a nutshell:
The record-breaking, heart-stopping, nostalgia-laden sci-fi sensation starring Millie Bobby Brown as the telekinetic teenager Eleven is set to return almost three years after the last instalment.
Is Stranger Things season four happening?
Back in 2018 in an interview with Collider, one of the show’s directors and executive producers, Shawn Levy, confirmed that “season four is definitely happening”. Then in 2019, series creators Matt and Ross Duffer shared their excitement about season four and the direction in which they wanted to take the plot with Entertainment Weekly. More specifically they revealed: “We have the big broad strokes. It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details. We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. It’s going to feel very different than [the third] season.”
Has a Stranger Things season four release date been confirmed?
On 6 November 2021, Netflix released a teaser which revealed that the fourth season would drop in the summer of 2022. It also provided a list of cryptic titles for each of the nine upcoming episodes, which included “Vecna’s Curse”, “Dear Billy”, “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” and “Papa.” Then, on 17 February, the streaming giant announced that, unlike the show’s previous instalments, season four would be split into two parts. Volume one is set to debut on 27 May and volume two on 1 July.
In an open letter to fans, the Duffer brothers explained that this was because of the fourth season’s unprecedented length and would help to get episodes out to viewers as soon as possible. “With nine scripts, over 800 pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one,” they wrote. “Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the results, and we can’t wait to share it with you.”
What will the Stranger Things season four cast look like?
Fan favourites Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Joe Keery (Steve), Maya Hawke (Robin), Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) are all expected to return. More good news? According to Variety, Priah Ferguson, who stole the show in season three as Erica, the wisecracking younger sister of Lucas, has been promoted to a series regular.