Stranger Things is releasing its first official teaser trailer for the show’s upcoming season

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An official teaser for the upcoming fourth season of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things was uploaded to the series’ YouTube account on Thursday.

The clip takes place in a medical facility full of young children who put on an eerie tone before Martin Brenner enters the room and delivers an ominous message, after which Eleven’s eyes are opened.

This new season of the sci-fi thriller series, which also stars Millie Bobbie Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder and Gaten Matarazzo, has been in development since 2019. The production team suffered several delays for a variety of reasons, including COVID-19 lockdown.

Big reveal: an official teaser for the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things was released on the series' YouTube account on Thursday

Big reveal: an official teaser for the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things was released on the series’ YouTube account on Thursday

The teaser starts with several shots of what appears to be a clandestine medical facility, with two children crawling behind toy cars moving on their own.

Another patient drops a small wooden disc into a wall full of pegs, while another pair plays chess.

After the wooden toys land in a box labeled ‘7’, the camera unwraps to reveal a room full of kids with medical coats and shaved heads, similar to how viewers were introduced to Millie Bobby Brown’s character, Eleven.

A shadowy figure then slowly approaches the facility door and wishes the patients a good morning, to which they respond by calling him “Daddy,” marking the return of Brenner, played by Matthew Modine.

Work on it: The show's fourth season has been in development since 2019, and production has suffered several delays

Work on it: The show's fourth season has been in development since 2019, and production has suffered several delays

Work on it: The show’s fourth season has been in development since 2019, and production has suffered several delays

Inside view: The trailer opens with several photos of what appears to be a medical facility, with countless children playing with each other

Inside view: The trailer opens with several photos of what appears to be a medical facility, with countless children playing with each other

Inside view: The trailer opens with several photos of what appears to be a medical facility, with countless children playing with each other

The camera begins to turn to a door with a sign that simply reads “11,” as the sinister lab director ominously tells the children, “Today I have something very special planned for you.”

The trailer ends with Brown’s character suddenly opening her eyes as Brenner asks her, “Eleven, are you listening?”

The development of the fourth season of Stranger Things officially began in 2019, shortly after the premiere of the show’s third series of episodes.

The writers of the series previously alluded to a change in the setting that would take place in the future of the project, with many fans saying Russia would be used as the main venue.

Coming back: The teaser also saw the return of Matthew Modine's character, the sinister lab director Martin Brenner

Coming back: The teaser also saw the return of Matthew Modine's character, the sinister lab director Martin Brenner

Coming back: The teaser also saw the return of Matthew Modine’s character, the sinister lab director Martin Brenner

Let them know: Towards the end of the video, the show's main antagonist spoke to the kids who were in the room and told them that 'I have something really special planned for you guys today'

Let them know: Towards the end of the video, the show's main antagonist addressed the kids who were in the room and told them that 'I have something really special planned for you guys today'

Let them know: Towards the end of the video, the show’s main antagonist spoke to the kids who were in the room and told them that ‘I have something really special planned for you guys today’

In addition to Brown, regular guests Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder and Gaten Matarazzo will star in the new series of episodes.

Several new artists, including Robert Englund and Jamie Campbell Bower, were later added to the show’s cast.

Although David Harbour’s character, Jim Hopper, was seemingly killed off at the end of the series’ third season, he later confirmed that he would reprise his role in the future.

Main photography began in February last year, with the crew working on scenes in a decommissioned prison in Lithuania.

Hard at work: the production crew started shooting in February last year, with the shooting taking place in a decommissioned prison in Lithuania

Hard at work: the production crew started shooting in February last year, with the shooting taking place in a decommissioned prison in Lithuania

Hard at work: the production crew started shooting in February last year, with the shooting taking place in a decommissioned prison in Lithuania

Safety first: Although production was later moved to Atlanta, the shooting was halted in response to the onset of the global pandemic

Safety first: Although production was later moved to Atlanta, the shooting was halted in response to the onset of the global pandemic

Safety first: Although production was later moved to Atlanta, the shooting was halted in response to the onset of the global pandemic

Filming eventually moved to the series’ old shooting location in Atlanta before production was shut down in March in response to the onset of the global pandemic.

After several months of delays, the shooting resumed last September and has continued ever since.

The upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things will be released on an indefinite date on the Netflix streaming service in the near future.

Future release: The upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things premieres on the Netflix streaming service at an undetermined date in the future

Future release: The upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things premieres on the Netflix streaming service at an unspecified date in the future

Future release: The upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things premieres on the Netflix streaming service at an undetermined date in the future

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