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Watch the trailer for Stranger Things 4 Vol. 1
Here's everything we know so far about Stranger Things 4, including when it's coming out on Netflix, the latest trailers, and who's returning to the cast.
In the latest trailer, which you can watch at the top of this page, Netflix promised one of the most action-packed Stranger Things series yet, with war heading for a seemingly cursed Hawkins and Will, Mike, Dustin, Max and the gang at the centre of it after Elle has lost her supernatural powers.
Stranger Things also confirmed season four will instead be released in two parts this summer, as the storylines are 'bigger than ever' and couldn't be compact into one series.
The original cast is expected to be returning for season four, but more cast members and characters have been announced in the run-up – we've got more on that below!
Here's all the information you need ahead of of Stranger Things 4, from when it's being released, who's in the cast and the latest trailers...
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The official Stranger Things 4 trailer is finally here! You can watch the official trailer for volume one at the top of this page!
In the run-up to series four's release Netflix have been dropping a few teasers as the wait for the new series dragged on.
In another teaser which came out in February we see Eleven adjusting to life at her new school after moving away with the Byers family. She pens a letter to boyfriend Mike about how they'll have 'the best spring break ever' once reunited, but naturally it only means chaos will ensue in Hawkins.
Between summery clips of the new town and the teens' excitement for summer we see flashes of the science lab, a police chase and Eleven being held back by two suited officials.
Stranger Things 4 will be released in two parts; Vol. 1 is coming May 27 and Vol. 2 is coming July 1 2022.
Season four will be the show's penultimate series, with the storyline finally being wrapped up in season five.
Filming for series four began in November 2019 and was planned to go ahead until August 2020, but the coronavirus situation delayed this – much like the production on most other films and TV series that were underway around the same time.
Producer Shawn Levy said the new series has taken a lot longer to make than first anticipated.
He said to The Hollywood Reporter: "I'll just say that we are long-delayed, and the Duffers and I want to share season four with the world as badly as the world wants it.
"Part of what's taking time is long before COVID and the pandemic existed, season four was built to be by far the most ambitious, cinematic, sprawling and epic season that we've ever done. By not just a little – by a lot. So the complexity of season four, even before we had the obstacles, hurdles and challenges of a pandemic, is taking a lot of time because it is super worth the wait."
First official Stranger Things 4 table read
The cast has remained the same throughout seasons one to three, so it’s looking likely the main gang of Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Noah Schnapp (Will) and co will return for Stranger Things 4.
There will also be some new additions, following the successful introductions of Erica (Lucas’ sister) and Robin (Steve’s love interest) in the third series.
Here's who's joining the Stranger Things 4 cast:
Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, promised the new series of Stranger Things will be the scariest yet.
He said during CBC Listen: "Every season it gets darker. Really, I will say with season threeI was like, this is the darkest season that there’ll ever be, like the exploding rats and everything.
"But really, season four so far, it’s the darkest season there’s ever been.
“Every year, it gets amped up. Every year it gets funnier and darker and sadder, and everything. Every year, they amp it up.”
And in a statement released by Netflix on Valentine's Day 2020, the streaming site promised the next instalment of Stranger Things will have a plot which is "the most frightening yet".
While Hopper must fight for his life in the Russian prisoner camp in Kamchatka, back in the States, there is set to be “a new horror” surfacing, with the description explaining “something long buried, something that connects everything.”
In 2019, while speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Matt Duffer said the next series will “open up a little bit”, meaning we could see Will, Mike, Eleven, Dustin and co take their ventures outside of Hawkins.
He said: “The biggest thing that’s going to happen is it will open up a little bit… in terms of allowing portals into areas outside of Hawkins.”
Fans were left heartbroken by the end of Stranger Things 3, after Joyce moved away with her sons Jonathan and Will and Hopper’s adopted daughter El after she was left parent-less once again when her adopted dad was seemingly killed in the explosion as they closed the portal to the Upside Down.
We now know he was captured by the Russian officers!
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Season 4 of Stranger Things began filming in Vilnius in Lithuania, with production starting in November 2019 and wrapping on 14 February 2020, once the scenes for Hopper’s return were shot for the first trailer.
Scenes were filmed at the former century-old Lukiškes Prison and other locations in Lithuania.
Lukiškes Prison was built and began holding inmates in the early 1900s, and just ceased operations last year.
Vilnius has previously been used as the filming location for HBO’s Chernobyl, Netflix’s Young Wallander, and Tokyo Trial.
Natalia Dyer, who plays Nancy, and Maya Hawke, who stars as Robin, were also seen in March 2020 filming scenes at Berry College in Atlanta, Georgia.
In September the cast were also seen filming at the arcade, where a lot of the action went down in season 3.