Apologies in advance to our moral compass, will once again be tested with another season of Friend, Netflix’s hit thriller starring the insanely hot Penn Badgley as a ridiculously terrifying serial killer. The streamers renewed the series for a fourth season just days before the third season arrives, showing their confidence in the show. While other details may remain top secret (and may be stored in a shoebox somewhere in Joe’s ceiling), we’re gathering what we know so far about Friendupcoming chapter.
When Friend season 4 published?
The fourth season will be split in two, with Season 1 coming on February 10, 2023 — just in time for your twisted Valentine’s Day plans — and Season 2 following on March 10, 2023. (To For reference, the third part arrives on October 15, 2021.)
Have you started filming yet?
Official production is taking place in London. Netflix announced April 1 with a photo of Badgley on set with a stack of vintage books, a nod to Joe.
For anyone interested, the stack includes: Great expectations by Charles Dickens, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, A Good Man in a Cruel World by Rhys Montrose, Vanity Fair by William Thackeray, and Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
Who’s in the cast?
Gossip Girl Aluminum Penn Badgley is likely to return as Joe Goldberg, the leading loner and bookkeeper who haunts and stalks women until, as his records show, he often ends up killing them. While the cast often changes from season to season, we hope to see more of Love’s series (‘s obsession Bly Manor star Victoria Pedretti), Joe’s wife and the mother of his children, who is also a murderer.
Returning stars in season 3 include Scott Speedman (Matthew), Tati Gabrielle (Marienne), Shalita Grant (Sherry), Travis Van Winkle (Cary), and Dylan Arnold (Theo). Time will tell if they make it to season 4. However, Showrunner Sera Gamble and producer Greg Berlanti are confirmed to return.
British actress Charlotte Ritchie (Ghost) will join the cast and star opposite Badgley as Kate. Every Limit lineKate is “frightfully intelligent, independent, suspicious, misses nothing. She is fiercely loyal to her friends, a brick wall to others. The daughter of a chaotic, bohemian single mother, Kate has worked hard to create the life she is aiming for. She is an art gallery director whose job is to curate difficult artists. Kate tends to be the “adult in the room” and has adopted the nickname “cold bitch”. She is especially protective of her best friend, Lady Phoebe, a sweet and trustworthy person whose wealth and fame tends to attract opportunists. Kate loves the “setup” in love, which is why she’s dating Malcolm, a playboy but self-centered. She is also said to immediately suspect Joe when Malcolm invites him into their privileged circle.
White Lotus and Happiness star Lukas Gage will also participate Friend season 4 as Adam, “a former American patron, the youngest son of a wealthy East Coast tycoon,” according to Limit line. “He was famous for failing to meet the standards of a spectacularly successful, respectable family. A businessman and a gambler, Adam is a jovial and humorous host, as well as a quick friend. But underneath, Adam is hiding a bunch of secrets and narrating the problems associated with heavy self-medication.”
Netflix has announced the rest of its official series and recurring cast as it announced the start of production on season 4.
Niccy Lin (Wonderful thing) plays Sophie, an entrepreneur and jet pilot with a highly curated (and funding-problem) social media feed. She is also the “careful guardian” of her younger brother, Simon.
Aidan Cheng (Girlfriend’s experience, Harlots) plays Simon, an artist and Oxford-educated son of a Chinese tech mogul. He “can’t impress and hates small talk and strangers”.
Stephen Hagan (Larkins) plays Malcolm, a friendly literature professor who “likes anesthetics”. He is dating Kate (Ritchie), but sees other women around.
Ben Wiggins (Sand sellers, The Witcher) plays Roald, who comes from an old noble family. He is attractive but cold and is rumored to have a dark side.
Eve Austin (ABC Killer) plays Gemma, “a member of a privileged group of friends who met in Oxford;” a cheerful friend and party mate who is deaf to the wider world around her.
Ozioma Whenu (Lark) plays Blessing, a Nigerian princess “with a passion for crypto.” She is friendly and risk taking, and believes that we are all living in a simulation.
Dario Coates (Girlfriend’s experience, Rules of the game) plays Connie, also an Oxford alum from Kate and Phoebe’s circle. He’s absolutely a “soft sportsman” who enjoys “betting, horses, drinking and cocaine.”
Sean Pertwee (Gotham) plays Vic, Adam’s driver, agent, and security guard. He’s also a fixer, he “doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty” to protect Adam and his friends.
Brad Alexander plays Edward, a popular and intelligent student, the father of a man who owns a powerful news outlet.
Alison Pargeter (Chernobyl, EastEnders) plays Dawn, a paparazzi photographer.
Adam James (Vigil, I can destroy you) plays Elliot, who is “world-tired, calm, grounded, [and] allergic to drama. He used to live in California but is now traveling through Europe to find his job, as he answers a powerful employer.
What will it be about?
As you might expect, plot details are still unfinished, but we do know that Joe is gearing up to find Marienne in Paris. From the early production shots (and the abundance of Dickens fiction in them), we can guess that he’s also stopping in London.
The first part was adapted from the novel by Caroline Kepnes, Friendwhile the second part follows the sequel, Hidden agency. Part 3 repeats the plot of the third book, You love mewas published earlier this year.
There is no fourth book in the series so far, but onscreen, Gamble teases that season 4 will “explore new, dark sides of love.” She wrote in a statement about Friendinnovation, every The Hollywood Reporter:
“Reading Caroline’s novel, Greg and I were immediately obsessed with Joe Goldberg and his twisted worldview. And it’s thrilling to watch Penn bring Joe to life in the macabre yet fascinating. We are so grateful that Netflix showed it Friend such epic backing, and people around the world who have enjoyed watching Joe really have come to the realization that it’s been so wrong over the past three seasons. Total Friend The team is excited to explore new, dark aspects of love in season four. ”
Got an intro?
So far, all we have is a sneak peek released during Tudum 2022, sharing a first look at Badgley’s character this season as well as the rest of the cast.
Joe’s alias this time is not a bookstore employee, or a suburban dad, or an LA store employee, he recounts in the clip. No, he’s Professor Jonathan Moore in London now, complete with a beard and tweed jacket to complete the sophisticated look. He said that “gone are the days of unrequited love and longing; I’m focusing on academia this time,” but from the way he watches Marienne from under the brim of his signature baseball cap, that certainly can’t be true.
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Erica Gonzales is Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of TV, movies, music, books and more. Previously she was the editor of HarpersBAZAAR.com. There’s a 75% chance she’s listening to Lorde right now.