Season 4 of Stranger Things is due in just over two months, and to wait for a full trailer, Netflix has unveiled 16 new first-look photos from the return of the hit horror series. Plus, we also have the official synopsis, full cast list for Stranger Things 4, and details on which directors will be helming which episodes. In prepared remarks, Stranger Things co-creator Ross Duffer noted that the new fourth season “leans a lot more into horror movie territory” and that some fan theories are “surprisingly” accurate. Duffer also reiterated that Stranger Things 4 episodes are “very, very long” – we’ve already had nine episodes, which means the episode length will be longer this time around.
“I think [fans will] be happy when they see [Stranger Things 4]”, added Duffer. “It’s very, very long, which is why it takes us a very long time. I am constantly impressed by the insight of the fans and the speed with which they are able to put something in place with very , very little information.
Duffer also spoke about how Stranger Things has evolved over the years: “When we pitched it to Netflix all those years ago, we pitched it like kids are… The Goonies in ET C. is their scenario. And the adults are in Jaws and Close Encounters [of the Third Kind]then the teenagers are in Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween. But, this year, we don’t have the children. We can’t do The Goonies anymore. And so, suddenly, we’re leaning a lot more into that horror movie territory that we love. It was fun to make this change.
Here is the official synopsis of Stranger Things 4 from Netflix:
Six months have passed since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Grappling with the consequences, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made it any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a horrifying new supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, could finally bring an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.
Stranger Things season 4 cast list includes Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbor (Jim Hopper), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley), Priah Ferguson ( Erica Sinclair), Brett Gelman (Murray), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler) and Matthew Modine (Dr. Brenner).
Other Stranger Things 4 cast members include Jamie Campbell Bower (Peter Ballard), Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson), Eduardo Franco (Argyle), Sherman Augustus (Lt. Colonel Sullivan), Mason Dye (Jason Carver), Nikola Djuricko (Yuri), Tom Wlaschiha (Dmitri), Myles Truitt (Patrick), Regina Ting Chen (Mrs. Kelly), Grace Van Dien (Chrissy), Logan Riley Bruner (Fred Benson), Logan Allen (Jake), Elodie Grace Orkin (Angela ), John Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Rob Morgan (Chief Powell), Amybeth McNulty (Vickie), and Robert Englund (Victor Creel). Many of them are new characters.
That brings us to the list of directors for Stranger Things 4. The Duffer Brothers – of which the aforementioned Ross is one half, alongside his brother Matt – directed Season 4 episodes 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. This fact that’s five of the nine episodes. Frequent Stranger Things executive producer and director Shawn Levy — also known for the Ryan Reynolds films Free Guy and The Adam Project — is responsible for Episodes 3 and 4. The remaining two episodes of Stranger Things Season 4, Episode 5 and 6, come from new entrant Nimród Antal (Control, Predators).
Iain Paterson, Dan Cohen and Curtis Gwinn serve as executive producers on Season 4 of Stranger Things alongside Levy and the Duffer Brothers.
Stranger Things 4 begins May 27 with the five-episode Volume 1, followed by the four-episode Volume 2 which will be released July 1 on Netflix. It will be the penultimate installment of the hit series, with Stranger Things 5 set to wrap the show up for good.
Cover photo (LR): Eduardo Franco as Argyle, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers and Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things 4