Stranger Things is returning for the fourth season on Netflix. The show is still in production with the series yet to wrap, but will we see season four return in 2021? Here’s everything you need to know about season four of Stranger Things so far, including production updates, release date, trailers, new cast and what to expect.
Stranger Things season 4 release date: When will it air?
Official renewal status: Renewed on September 30th, 2019.
After a few days worth of teasing leading up to September 30th, 2019 Netflix finally confirmed that Stranger Things would be returning for a fourth season.
There isn’t currently an official release date on the table. There was a rumour that the Stranger Things 4 will arrive in 21 August 2021. But thanks to the pandemic, we can only hope that the series will arrive in late 2021.
In an Instagram Q&A back in March 2020, David Harbour said that he thought new episodes were “supposed to come out early next year”. In late October, Natalia Dyer (Nancy) told The Independent that it’s going to be “a while” before we see anything new.
Production updates for Stranger Things season four
What is the production status of Stranger Things season four: Production ongoing (Last updated: 11/2/2021)
In mid-June 2020, we got confirmation that the entire script had been completed for Stranger Things season four. Filming officially kicked off again after production was shut down. The show’s official Twitter account shared a photo of a clapper board with the caption: “Meanwhile in the upside down…”
Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) had also talked about the shooting delays were especially frustrating because they were “ahead of schedule. [That] has never happened before because there’s never a realistic approach to scheduling, and then boom, it just stopped, and everyone had to go home, and everyone’s just so sad,” he told The Guardian in June.
“It’s definitely a slower process than usual, which is really saying something because we take our sweet time making the show anyway. So it’s not as steady paced or as consistent as I think any of us would like it to be, but we do our best and we’re playing it by ear,” Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) told People.
When is filming for Stranger Things 4 taking place?
We know that filming for Stranger Things season four originally began on January 7th, 2020.
Of course, that was put to a halt when filming was put on hold as of March 2020 due to COVID-19. It’s believed that the series was two episodes into filming before production was halted.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on July 2nd, 2020 that the series rescheduled to restart filming on September 17th, 2020. But that was then later delayed to September 28th, 2020.
StrangerThingsSpoilers on Twitter have been hot on the heels of catching everything they can to do with the production of Stranger Things season four.
We also know Stranger Things is heading to New Mexico for season 4. On October 31st, in a Twitch stream, Gaten Matarazzo confirmed that they had started filming episode eight (the final episode) of season four.
Speaking in an interview with Collider, Shawn Levy commented on the filming delays earlier in 2020 saying:
“I’ll just say the pandemic definitely massively delayed shooting and therefore the launch of our current Season 4, date still TBD. But it impacted very positively by allowing the Duffer brothers, for the first time ever, to write the entire season before we shoot it and to have time to rewrite in a way that they rarely had before so the quality of these screenplays are exceptional, maybe better than ever.”
Where is filming taking place?
For the first time in the show’s history, some of the production will take place outside of Atlanta. As we learned from the teaser trailer, the team behind Stranger Things had begun filming extensively in Vilnius, Lithuania. Alongside set pictures, Movieweb announced they had wrapped filming at that location in February 2020.
The bulk of the filming will once again take place in Atlanta, Georgia. In Georgia, the series films in multiple locations we’ve seen before. You can find a full list of all the known Georgia filming spots for Stranger Things here. It was also reported that filming has also taken place in Rome (a city in Georgia). The production code for ST4 according to Atlanta Magazine is MCFLY, M247 MULE.
We also got confirmation that we will be heading back to Hawkins High School and the Arcade first introduced in season two.
Will season four be the last season of Stranger Things?
Stranger Things was originally supposed to be 4 or 5 seasons long. We don’t know how the story will wrap up in the new season yet so it is impossible to speculate the future of the series.
Shawn Levy, however, has spoken about the future of the show saying:
“I mean I will say we have a good sense of stuff that happens in season 4. Season 4 is definitely happening. There’s very much the possibility of a season beyond that one, that’s currently undecided. And what I would just say is part of the chaos and fun of this particular show is that while the Duffers and the writer’s room and we producers outline the entire season, the Duffers really use the writing process to revisit, reassess and question all of their prior assumptions.
So even though we always start off with a good sense of the major arcs of the season. We’re always ready for shifts and surprises because if the Duffers stumble into a different or surprising inspiration while they rewrite the script, we’re going to follow that inspiration and throw out some ideas in order to embrace some new ones that are more exciting. And I have no doubt that season 3 will be no exception.”
What’s the episode count and episode names for Stranger Things season four?
The fourth season will also be having eight episodes like the first and third seasons. On November 7th (which is Stranger Things Day), the Stranger Writers Twitter account announced the name of the first episode and who’s writing it.
Episode 401 – “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” – Written by The Duffer Brothers
Will David Harbour return for Season 4?
The biggest casting question going into season four was whether David Harbour would be returning.
Thanks to a tweet from Netflix in February 2020, we now have confirmation that David Harbour will be returning to the role of Jim Hopper in season four.
Stranger Things season 4 New Cast?
Thanks to the first teaser trailer, we know that Tom Wlaschiha will be featured in season four. We know he’ll be appearing in the early sections of season four specifically in Russia but we’ve also heard that he will likely make his way back to Hawkins too.
There’s plenty of new roles coming to Stranger Things in the fourth season, we’re just waiting for confirmation on which actors will be cast in the new roles.
We also got word in April 2020 that Nikola Đuričko will be in season four:
In June 2020, most of the main cast was listed to be returning including the five main kids aDacre Montgomery who played Billy. His character died in season three so it’s not surprising.
In July 2020, Agents of SHIELD star Joel Stoffer was announced by ComicBook to have a role in the new season. His role is set to be small with the actor telling ComicBook: “I don’t expect it to become anything like long term, but it’ll be coming up. They contact me and I’ll go to Georgia, to Atlanta, and shoot it when they get back up and running. ‘Cause they’ve been obviously shut down for a while.”
Additional casting took place for smaller roles in September 2020 with Backstage.com reporting that they’re looking for background actors “aged 18 and older, is wanted to play Russian types, gymnasts, and more”. This suggests to us that the Russians are coming to Hawkins.
In October 2020, we also learned that Dr. Brenner (last seen in season two) will be returning for season four of the series. Also in October, reports from the set of Stranger Things season four suggests that Levon Thurman-Hawke will be joining or at least appearing in season four.
In November 2020, Netflix lifted the lid on a bunch of new cast members for the show including:
- Robert Englund as Victor Creel (as seen in Nightmare on Elm Street)
- Eduardo Franco as Argyle described as Jonathan’s new BFF.
- Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard
- Sherman Augustus as Lt. Colonel Sullivan
- Mason Dye as Jason Carver
- Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitri (announce earlier)
- Nikola Djuricko as Yuri
- Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson
As reported by StrangerThingsSpoilers, we could be seeing Kali’s Gang introduced in season two back as they were spotted on set.
Stranger Things season 4 trailer: When can I watch it?
Netflix tweeted the first teaser trailer on February 14, the perfect Valentine’s gift for Stranger Things fans.
Watch it below.
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