'Stranger Things' to Resume Production in January

The show's fifth and final season was put "on pause" for seven months during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 8, 2023

Production on the fifth and final season of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things is set to resume in early January, Variety reports. Although this start date is apparently subject to change, multiple sources confirmed it to the publication.

Filming on Stranger Things was postponed for over seven months during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which gave actors like Finn Wolfhard time to work on other creative projects. Series creators the Duffer Brothers were among the first big-name showrunners to announce their support of the writers' strike, writing on social media, "Writing does not stop when filming begins."

In addition to Wolfhard, the whole cast is expected to return for Season 5, including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke and Priah Ferguson. Linda Hamilton (Terminator) will be a new addition for this instalment, while director Dan Trachtenberg (Prey, 10 Cloverfield Lane) will be at the helm of at least one episode alongside the Duffers and executive producer Shawn Levy.

Variety's Adam B. Vary writes that there is "virtually no chance" Stranger Things 5 will premiere earlier than 2025, so we've still got a while to wait before we head back to Hawkins, IN, with the gang.

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