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The creators of the Netflix series know the wait for Season 4 hasn’t been easy for fans — and they’re sorry

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Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in a scene from “Stranger Things.”

Noah Schnapp, from left, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in a scene from “Stranger Things.” The show has added four new cast members for Season 4.

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It’s been almost two years since the third season of “Stranger Things” premiered. The creators of the Netflix series know the wait for Season 4 hasn’t been easy for fans — and they’re sorry.

“We’re sorry it’s taking so long to get to you, but everyone here is working really, really hard on this show, and we can’t wait for you to see it,” brothers Matt and Ross Duffer said in a Netflix Geeked video recently shared on Twitter.

In the meantime, as a Season 4 release date remains ever elusive, the brothers have announced four new cast members they’re excited for fans to meet.

Who are the new ‘Stranger Things’ cast members?

  • Amybeth McNulty, who starred as Anne in the Netflix series “Anne with an E,” plays Vickie. Although the character is new to the show, the Duffers said she “plays a big role in events to come.” Vickie is described as “a cool, fast-talking band nerd who catches the eye of one of our beloved heroes.”

  • Grace Van Dien, who starred in the 2019 NBC show “The Village,” plays Chrissy, a Hawkins’ High cheerleader and the most popular girl in school. According to the official “Stranger ThingsTwitter account, “beneath the seemingly perfect surface lies a dark secret.”

  • Myles Truitt, who stars in CW’s superhero show “Black Lightning,” plays Patrick, “a Hawkins basketball star who has friends, talent and a good life … until shocking events send his life spiraling out of control,” according to the “Stranger ThingsTwitter account.

  • Regina Ting Chen (“Queen of the South,” “Watchmen”) plays the popular guidance counselor Ms. Kelly, “who cares deeply for her students — especially those struggling the most,” according to the “Stranger ThingsTwitter account.

The cast announcement comes about a month after “Stranger Things” released its first teaser since February 2020. The trailer, which dropped on May 6, indicates that the new season will delve more into Eleven’s past, the Deseret News reported.

When will Netflix release ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4?

Production for “Stranger Things” has been on-and-off during the pandemic, but David Harbour, who plays Hawkins’ Chief of Police Jim Hopper, has said production will wrap this summer.

  • “I mean, you’re not supposed to say but I’ll tell you,” Harbour said during a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “Yeah, I’m almost done. I’ve got one more little stint. We should be done in, like, August.”

The first Season 4 trailer revealed that Hopper, who was presumed to be dead at the end of Season 3, is in fact alive and in a Russian prison camp. Harbour told Jimmy Kimmel that he has to shave his head one last time for filming.

Harbour has also previously said the new “Stranger Things” season will dive more into his character and provide more of a backstory.

  • “He’s a man of justice (and) he now has become a prisoner,” Harbour told People last year. “He’s trapped and he’s isolated. And we get to see an entirely other color of him that has been hinted at. ... This season is my favorite because he really is going to show you some new colors and what he’s really made up of.”

Although Netflix has not announced a release date for “Stranger Things” Season 4, based on the production timeline, Collider has reported that there will be at least a four-month post-production phase, meaning that ”Stranger Things” will likely premiere sometime in the first half of 2022.