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Netflix has finally confirmed the release date for Black Mirror Season 4 in a new trailer for the show.
After 2017, it’s hard to imagine a bright future, and Charlie Brooker’s new run of his dystopian tech anthology isn’t doing much to help, with a typically bleak compendium of shocking, disturbing and unsettling tales.
“These wonderfully dark stories offer a compelling vision of current society, a streaming space with no safe place to escape from a 2017 that has often felt like an episode of Black Mirror itself,” we wrote in our spoiler-free review of Season 4. “It’s no surprise, then, that the most satisfying episodes are the ones where hope and optimism can be glimpsed. Even looking through a glass, darkly, there are still new shades to discover.”
Season 4 consists of six episodes – Crocodile, Arkangel, Hang the DJ, USS Callister, Metalhead and Black Museum – and Netflix has been steadily releasing new trailers for each chapter. What it has kept close to its chest for some time, though, is the release date for the new run… until now. The latest trailer confirms that Season 4 will premiere worldwide on Netflix on Friday 29th December – just in time to celebrate the end of dark, dark year.
Black Mirror Season 4 episode titles revealed in new teaser
25th August 2017
Black Mirror will return to our screens soon for another batch of disturbingly prescient tech tales of horror – and a new teaser for Season 4 suggests its return is sooner is on course for another October premiere.
Season 4 of Black Mirror will consist of six episodes and the video, unveiled today by Netflix, reveals all the episode titles for the new run. They are: Crocodile, Arkangel, Hang the DJ, USS Callister, Metalhead and Black Museum.
What exactly these titles mean will no doubt be the subject of much online speculation in the coming weeks and months – USS Callister looks like the space-set episode creator Charlie Brooker has teased us with details about before. What we do know is that Netflix has assembled an impressive list of directors to bring the stories to life, including John Hillcoat, Jodie Foster, Tim Van Patten, Toby Haynes, David Slade and Colm McCarthy.
The cast is just as star-studded, ranging from Rosemarie DeWitt and Andrew Riseborough to Jesse Plemons and Maxine Peake. From Foster’s work on Money Monster and House of Card to Hillcoat’s The Road, it’s fair to say Brooker’s franchise is in suitably bleak hands.
We’ll be keeping tabs on every new detail below. Here’s the full list of episodes, followed by the new teaser, which gives us glimpses of what we can expect from each standalone chapter:
Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Bloodline), Andrew Gower (Outlander), Kiran Sonia Sawar (Murdered By My Father)
Director: Jodie Foster
Cast: Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land, Mad Men), Brenna Harding (A Place to Call Home), Owen Teague (Bloodline)
Hang the DJ
Director: Tim Van Patten
Cast: Georgina Campbell (Flowers, Broadchurch), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Green Room), George Blagden (Versailles, Vikings)
Director: Toby Haynes
Cast: Jesse Plemons (Black Mass, Fargo), Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street, Fargo), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, House of Cards), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, Monsters: Dark Continent)
Director: David Slade
Cast: Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything, The Village), Jake Davies (The Missing, A Brilliant Young Mind), Clint Dyer (Hope Springs)
Director: Colm McCarthy
Cast: Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager, Catastrophe), Letitia Wright (Humans, Ready Player One), Babs Olusanmokun (Roots, The Defenders)
Jodie Foster to direct Rosemarie DeWitt in Black Mirror Season 4
25th August 2017
Jodie Foster will direct and Rosemarie DeWitt will star in an episode of Black Mirror Season 4.
The world’s bleakest anthology series was snapped up by Netflix last year after two seasons on Channel 4, with the streaming giant commissioning 12 more episodes from co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. Season 3 arrives on Friday 21st October, with the first six of those chapters already expanding the series to embrace new genres and increasingly twisted takes on modern technology.
Season 4 of Black Mirror is slated to begin production later this year and will premiere exclusively worldwide on Netflix in 2017. House of Tomorrow’s Brooker and Jones continue to serve as executive producers and showrunners for the new episodes. With Season 3 boasting talent such as Bryce Dallas Howard and director Joe Wright, Season 4 is set to be an equally starry affair, as Netflix announce that Jodie Foster and Rosemarie DeWitt will be teaming up for an instalment.
Foster made her motion picture directorial debut in 1991 with the acclaimed Little Man Tate, in which she also starred. In 1995, Foster directed her second film, Home for the Holidays, which she also produced. In 2011 she directed The Beaver, which starred Mel Gibson, Jennifer Lawrence and Anton Yelchin and Foster. In 2015, Foster directed the thriller Money Monster which stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell. More recently, Foster made her TV directorial debut, with two episodes of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. Foster received an Emmy Award Nomination and a Director’s Guild Award Nomination and a Director’s Guild Award Nomination for her episodes respectively.
DeWitt will next be seen in Damien Chazelle’s musical romance La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and recently wrapped production on the indie-thriller Sweet Virginia, directed by Jamie Dagg. She also starred in Amazon’s period drama pilot The Last Tycoon.
For more on Black Mirror, see our review of Season 3 here and our look back at the show’s first two seasons here.
Black Mirror Season 1, 2 and 3 are available on Netflix UK, as part of a £7.49 monthly subscription.
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