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‘Shrek 5’ Confirmed: Original Cast Set to Return

‘Shrek 5’ Confirmed: Original Cast Set to Return

Some 14 years after Shrek lived happily ever after, he’s making a grand return for a fifth film featuring the franchise’s original cast.

DreamWorks announced the exciting news via Twitter, stating that Shrek 5 is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2026, with Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz reprising their iconic roles.

Shrek 5 marks the first sequel in the beloved franchise since 2010’s Shrek Forever After. The film will be directed by Walt Dohrn, who has been intimately involved with the series, working as a writer and head of story on the three previous sequels.

The Shrek franchise is one of the most successful in film history. Including the two spin-off films—2011’s Puss in Boots and 2022’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish—the series has grossed more than $4 billion worldwide. This figure doesn’t even account for revenue from home video sales, merchandising, soundtracks, and other ancillary products. Additionally, the franchise has inspired theme park attractions and is even set to feature an entire theme park land.

Eddie Murphy, who voices Donkey, has been particularly vocal about his desire to return to the Shrek universe. In January 2023, he publicly expressed interest in bringing his beloved character back, either in a new Shrek sequel or a spinoff movie. “I love Donkey. They did Puss in Boots movies. I was like, ‘They should have done a Donkey movie! Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots!’ I love Puss in Boots, but he ain’t as funny as the Donkey,” Murphy quipped.

Shrek Forever After was originally marketed as “The Final Chapter”. However, fans will surely be thrilled to see the beloved characters back on the big screen, making the previous tagline seem more like a gentle jest.

Shrek 5 is scheduled to premiere in theaters on July 1, 2026. In less than two years, audiences will once again join Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and the entire fairy-tale crew for another enchanting adventure.

Source: DreamWorks