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Shrek 5 gets official release date

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It’s been almost 25 years since the first movie of the fan-favorite comedy and fantasy film series Shrek was released, and almost 15 years since we first saw what we thought was to be the last movie in the series.

It seems as though we were sorely mistaken – it has now been revealed that a Shrek 5 is on the way and it won’t be long until we see Shrek, Donkey, and Princess Fiona reunited.

Scroll on for everything you need to know about the fifth film in the iconic franchise….

Is Shrek 5 confirmed?

On July 10, 2024, the official Dreamworks Animation social media accounts confirmed that a new Shrek movie was “not too far, far away.”

The news comes just weeks after Eddie Murphy let slip that the long-awaited film was currently in production, as well as an exciting new addition to the franchise in the form of a ‘Donkey’ standalone film.

“We started doing Shrek 4 or [Shrek] 5 months ago. I did this, I recorded the first act, and we’ll be doing it this year, we’ll finish it up,” Eddie shared with Collider.

The American comedian, actor, and singer was then asked whether both projects were being worked on simultaneously, which he clarified:

“No, not at the same time. I started recording Shrek, and we’re doing a Donkey one next.”

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Donkey is also set to star in his own movie, similar to his animated co-star Puss in Boots. (Credit: DreamWorks)

Eddie has previously discussed his hopes to play Donkey again and had revealed that it would take him “two seconds” to say yes to a fifth movie.

“If they ever came with another Shrek I’d do it in two seconds. I love Donkey.” Eddie told Etalk in February 2023.

“They’re doing Puss in Boots movies. I was like, ‘They shoulda done a Donkey movie. Donkey’s funnier than Puss in Boots,'” he said with a laugh. “I mean I love Puss in Boots, but he ain’t funnier than Donkey.”

Now he has gotten his wish!

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The Shrek franchise is known for its witty humour and memorable characters. (Credit: DreamWorks)

Will Shrek 5 have the original cast?

On July 10, 2024, Dreamworks Animation confirmed that Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz would be returning to voice the beloved characters of Shrek, Donkey, and Princess Fiona in Shrek 5.

At this stage, it is still unconfirmed if Antonio Banderas (who voices Puss in Boots) will also return.

Mike has previously revealed in an interview with GQ magazine that if he had it his way, a new Shrek movie would be released every year.

“The concept of going from a self-loathing ogre to a self-accepting ogre was meaningful to me. I love playing Shrek. If I had to do one ‘Shrek’ a year I’d be thrilled.”

We’re counting down the days until this iconic duo returns to our screens. (Credit: DreamWorks)

When will Shrek 5 premiere?

Shrek 5 will premiere in cinemas on July 1st, 2026.

Where can I watch Shrek in Australia?

Stream Shrek on BINGE from $10/mth, with a 7-day free trial.

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