Stranger Things season 4: When is it released on Netflix? Who is in the cast? All the latest news, trailers and updates

When can fans expect a return visit to Hawkins and the Upside Down? Here is everything we know so far about Stranger Things season 4.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 13 May 2021 - 11.58am
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It’s been nearly two years since we last visited Hawkins and binged our way through Stranger Things season 3.

The phenomenally successful 1980s-set drama about a gang of kids and their families in a sci-fi adventure in the small-town of Hawkins is the most highly anticipated show on Netflix.

Season 4 was confirmed in 2019 and early teasers of the new episodes suggest we can expect a shift in storyline beyond the town of Hawkins. That might mean less time in the Starcourt Mall and more time on the run from Demogorgon.

We’ve got burning questions galore (How has Hopper survived, and where is he?) so roll on the first full trailer and date announcement for the fourth season.

When is Stranger Things season 4 released on Netflix?

Millie Bobby Brown as Elevan in Stranger Things Netflix

No date has been confirmed yet by Netflix.

Filming on the show was delayed by coronavirus, but the cast have hinted that the series could return sooner than you think.

We suspect it will return either at the end of 2021 or early 2022.

Finn Wolfhard suggested in a chat with fans online that we may be waiting until 2022, while Noah Schnapp confirmed that they expected to finish principal photography by the summer.

Netflix has revealed other major shows returning in 2021, including The Witcher, Sex Education and You, but hasn’t made any announcements on dates for Stranger Things.

Watch the official teaser videos and season 4 trailer

A new teaser video for season 4 was released on May 6 featuring a haunting look into Hawkins National Laboratory and Eleven’s years as a subject of experimentation. The horror movie vibes of the trailer add weight to cast claims that season 4 will be the scariest yet.

Watch the trailer at the top of the page.

The first teaser video released in February 2020 (above) confirmed fans’ suspicions that Jim Hopper survived the season 3 finale, despite being caught in the explosion of the Russian machine that opened a gate to the Upside Down.

In February 2020, the Duffer Brothers confirmed “the return of Hopper”, but added: “Itt’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." 

Who's in the cast of Stranger Things 4?

Fear not Stranger Things fans, the old gang will all be back. We can expect the following series regulars to all be back in action:

Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers

David Harbour as Detective Jim Hopper

Millie Bobby Brown as 'Eleven'/Jane Hopper

Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler

Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson

Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Keery in Stranger Things as Dustin and Steve Netflix

Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair

Noah Schnapp as Will Byers

Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler

Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers

Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield

Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley

Joe Keery as Steve Harington

Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman

Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair

Matthew Modine as Matthew Brenner

Joe Chrest as Ted Wheeler

Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler

But the really exciting news is we can also expect some new faces in season 4. Netflix has confirmed some new arrivals and characters including:

Jamie Campbell Bower (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Sweeney Todd) will play Peter Ballard, a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital. Tired of the brutality he witnesses day after day, will Peter finally take a stand?

Jamie Campbell Bower will play Peter Ballard in Stranger Things season 4 Getty
Jamie Campbell Bower will play Peter Ballard in Stranger Things season 4

Eduardo Franco (Booksmart, The Binge) will play Argyle, Jonathan’s new best friend, a fun-loving stoner who proudly delivers delicious pizza pies for Surfer Boy Pizza.

Joseph Quinn (Catherine the Great, Howards End) will play Eddie Munson, an audacious 80’s metalhead who runs The Hellfire Club, Hawkins High’s official D&D club. Hated by those who don’t understand him -- and beloved by those who do -- Eddie will find himself at the terrifying epicenter of this season’s mystery.

Sherman Augustus (Into the Badlands, Westworld) will play Lt. Colonel Sullivan. An intelligent, no-nonsense man who believes he knows how to stop the evil in Hawkins once and for all….

Mason Dye (Bosch, The Goldbergs) will play Jason Carver. Jason seemingly has it all -- he’s handsome, he’s rich, he’s a sports star, and he’s dating the most popular girl in school. But as a new evil threatens Hawkins, Jason’s perfect world begins to unravel...

Nikola Djuricko (Genius, In The Land of Blood and Honey) will play Yuri, a seedy and unpredictable Russian smuggler who loves bad jokes, cold hard cash, and crunchy style peanut butter.

Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise, ‘V’ Television Series) will play Victor Creel, a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.

Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones, Jack Ryan) will play Dmitri, a Russian prison guard who befriends Hopper. Dmitri is smart, cunning, and charming... but can he be trusted?

Is season 4 the end of Stranger Things?

Winona Ryder in Stranger Things Netflix

That’s not currently the plan. The show’s creators, the Duffer brothers, told The Hollywood Reporter that they know how the show will end and that season 4 is not how they foresee the story concluding.

How did Stranger Things season 3 end?

The third season concluded with a dramatic showdown between our heroes, the Russians and the Mind Flayer in the Starcourt Mall.

A showdown between Hopper, Joyce and Murray in the secret Russian lab under the mall ended with Hopper sacrificing himself to save everyone else from the Mind Flayer.

Afterwards, Joyce left Hawkins with Jonathan, Will and a heartbroken Eleven.

However, the post-credits sequence hinted that Hopper might have survived the incident as we heard Russian guards with a captive Demogorgon talking about “the American”.

What is Stranger Things about?

Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer in Stranger Things Netflix

Netflix has described the show as “a love letter to the ‘80s classic genre films that captivated a generation”.

Stranger Things is a thrilling drama set in the seemingly normal Midwestern town of Hawkins, Indiana.

After a boy vanishes into thin air, his close-knit group of friends and family search for answers and are pulled into a high-stakes and deadly series of events. Beneath the surface of their ordinary town lurks an extraordinary supernatural mystery, along with top-secret government experiments and a dangerous gateway that connects our world to a powerful yet sinister realm.

A global phenomenon, Stranger Things has won 65 awards and been nominated for 175 including Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others.

Season 3 was watched by 40.7 million household accounts in its first four days - more than any other Netflix film or series in that timeframe - and 64 million member households in the first four weeks.

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