Netflix announced that Season 4 of Black Mirror is set to premiere on Dec. 29. Variety reports that the Emmy Award-winning series will return with six new episodes.
This upcoming season will be starring Rosemarie Dewitt, Jesse Plemons, and Aldis Hodge. One of the six episodes will be directed by Jodie Foster.
“Arkangel” stars Dewitt and is directed by Foster. This episode follows a single mother and her daughter, played by Brenna Harding, over the course of several years as the daughter grows up. The element of near-future technology that is prevalent in every episode of Black Mirror will come into play, involving a new kind of surveillance tool.
“Black Museum” is set at a crime museum that showcases high-tech items. This episode stars Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, Babs Olusanmokun, and Aldis Hodge. The story follows a young woman (Wright) who visits the museum and learns about a few of the specific attractions, which allows the episode to present multiple, shorter stories within the episode. Colm McCarthy is the director of “Black Museum.”
“Crocodile” stars Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Gower, and Kiran Sonia Sawar. It is directed by John Hillcoat. This episode is a thriller that follows a woman who fears something from her past will come to light and ruin her life, which is due to a new device that can access a person’s memories.
“Hang the DJ,” which stars Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, and George Blagden and is directed by Tim Van Patten, follows two characters who live in a world where everyone is paired up using an advanced dating system.
“Metalhead” stars Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, and Clint Dyer. It is a story about survival in a futuristic, seemingly post-apocalyptic world in which one specific kind of technology threatens humanity. David Slade is the director and tells the story in black and white.
“U.S.S. Callister” is a feature length episode where most of the story is set in space. This episode is directed by Toby Haynes and stars Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, and Michaela Coel.
All of the episodes can be watched in any order since each episode has its own story. Creator Charlie Brooker explained that this season will consist of more genres, but the theme of changing technology influencing and affecting human behavior will continue to be the same.
“This year we have almost deliberately exaggerated the differences between the episodes,” Brooker told Variety. “‘U.S.S. Callister’ is a space romp. ‘Arkangel’ is an indie mother-daughter relationship drama. ‘Crocodile’ is a bleak, dark, paranoid, techno-noir thriller. ‘Hang the DJ’ is a rom-com…ish – it’s playful. ‘Metalhead’ is a really nasty, brutal, survival-horror. And then you have ‘Black Museum,’ which is a Stephen King-esque campfire horror tale telling.”
Check out the trailer for Season 4 below:
All six episodes of Season 4 will be available on Friday, Dec. 29.