Stranger Things 4 Release Date: When Is The Netflix Series Coming Out And Who's In The Cast?
29 October 2019, 15:52 | Updated: 29 October 2019, 17:05
There will be a Stranger Things season 4, but it won't be next summer.
However, a report from TVLine claims Stranger Things 4 definitely won't come out next summer like most fans were hoping, as the filming schedule apparently shows things won't wrap on set until August 2020.
This could mean we have to wait until early 2021 for season four, unless the production crew are super speedy at turning things around!
*** THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEASON 3 ***
Following the jaw-dropping cliffhanger in the last episode Chief Hopper’s fate remains unknown, but the very last scene in Russia confirmed there will be a season four of Stranger Things – which has just been announced as commissioned by Netflix.
The brains behind the series the Duffer Brothers have already been discussing the next series, and we can expect the saga of the Upside Down and the Demogorgon to be taken outside of Hawkins, Indiana.
The official Instagram account of the Netflix series confirmed things won't be set in Hawkins anymore when they posted this spooky teaser below, showing the series' logo seemingly warped by the Upside Down.
Netflix also announced on 30 September they've signed the Duffer Brothers for a multi-year film and series overall deal so they can continue to expand their vivid imaginations into other projects for the streaming platform.
“The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix.
“We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”
For all the details on Stranger Things' next series, we've got it all below.
When will Stranger Things 4 be released?
A report from TVLine claims Stranger Things 4 definitely won't come out next summer, as the cast and crew will apparently be shooting from January up until August 2020 – we'll then likely have at least another five or six months from there to wait for it to drop on Netflix.
They also claimed the next series will be a total of eight episodes, following the length of series one and three, whereas season two consisted of nine episodes.
While the creators behind the sci-fi series are yet to confirm a release date of Stranger Things 4, fans thought they're following a pattern. The first season was aired in July 2016, while the second hit Netflix in October 2017 and the third dropped in July 2019.
But after TVLine's report, it's unlikely they'll have turned the show around within two months from wrapping on set – so, basically, prepare for a long wait for series four.
The cast has remained the same throughout seasons one to three, so it’s unlikely anyone will be missing from series four. However, while the fate of Chief Hopper remains a mystery, David Harbour may well sadly be absent from the next series.
There will also likely be some new additions, following the successful introductions of Erica (Lucas’ sister) and Robin (Steve’s love interest) in the latest series.
What the actors and production team have said about Stranger Things 4
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.”
This could mean we see the last scene in Russia explored a bit more, after the season ended with a prisoner in Kamchatka left to a demogorgon.
Eleven actress Millie Bobby Brown – who's launching her own Converse range – has also let slip she knows little snippets about what to expect from the next series.
She told Entertainment Weekly: “The Duffer Brothers are like my older brothers, so I call them all the time, and I definitely try to press them on little clues and hints.
“I know things here and there, but nothing deep or something I could tell you about. If there was a season four, we would be really excited, but right now we have to see how season three goes and how fans react to it.”
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 the Chief of Police was seemingly killed in the explosion as they closed the portal to the Upside Down.