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The Great season 4 release date speculation, cast, plot, and news

Here's our complete guide to what we know on a potential The Great season 4 release date, cast list, and plot. We eager for Elle Fanning's Russian return.

The Great season 4 release date: Elle Fanning in The Great

Will there be a The Great season 4, and what else do we know about the return of the historical comedy series? With the dramatic latest season now having come and gone, fans of Elle Fanning’s The Great are desperate to know what happens in the next chapter of her character’s story.

Season 3 of the The Great saw some seismic shifts in power and lots of death, which is nothing less than what we’ve come to expect from TV’s best drama series. Despite all the change that was on the horizon though, we were hopeful that it would continue the trend of being one of the best TV series around, and we had very, very high hopes.

So what is the status of The Great season 4? Will Elle Fanning make her return as the Russian ruler? Here’s everything we know about a potential The Great season 4 release date, cast, plot and more, as well as plenty of good old-fashioned speculation.

The Great season 4 release date speculation

The Great will not return for a fourth season after being canceled by Hulu. That means the story of Elle Fanning’s Catherine has firmly come to an end.

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Various factors are likely to have contributed to the decision, including the fact that Elle Fanning’s Hollywood stock is on the rise, and her obligations to the series and scheduling commitments have already seen her blocked from at least one blockbuster role. That could have made locking her in for future seasons a challenge.

While the cancelation will be a big disappointment for fans (and there will have been plenty more story to tell), at least it will have gone out on a high, with a fairly conclusive ending.

The Great season 4 release date: Hoult in The Great as Peter

Who would have been in The Great season 4 cast?

The big omission for the cast of The Great season 4 would have been Nicholas Hoult and Sacha Dhawan as Peter (and Pugachev) and Orlo respectively. Aside from their absences, all the main cast and characters would have been likely to return for The Great season 4 led by Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great.

As with previous seasons, this cast would have been supplemented by cameos and other minor additions.

What The Great season 4 cast list would have looked like:

  • Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great
  • Phoebe Fox as Marial
  • Belinda Bromilow as Aunt Elizabeth
  • Adam Godley as Archie
  • Gwilym Lee as Grigor
  • Charity Wakefield as Georgina
  • Douglas Hodge as General Velementov
  • Bayo Gbadamosi as Arkady
  • Florence Keith-Roach as Tatyana

The Great season 4 release date: Fanning as Catherine

What would The Great season 4 have been about?

The plot of The Great season 4 would have focused on Catherine adapting to life without her husband Peter following on from his death, and could have explore how she cemented her legacy as one of history’s great rulers.

Anyone who knows The Great true story will be aware that Catherine the Great’s life changed completely after the death of her husband, and it enabled her to lead more effectively and focus on her passions.

Of course, because The Great loved to depart from the true story there would also have been plenty of unexpected twists.

The Great season 4 release date: Fanning and Hoult

The Great season 4 trailer speculation

There is no trailer for The Great season 4, and unless its cancelation gets reversed there won’t ever be.

To get over the disappointment, check out this charming video of Fanning and Hoult testing their knowledge of each other.

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Where can I watch The Great season 4?

The Great season 4 isn’t happening anymore, but it would have debuted on Hulu upon its release, with all episodes dropping at once.

The Great season 4 release date: Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great

How many episodes will The Great season 4 have?

The Great season 4 was likely to have had 10 episodes planned, just like each of the previous seasons.

For more on The Great, you can read about Nicholas Hoult’s reaction to his character’s death and how Elle Fanning says the series changed her. Or, learn more about The Great’s true story and the source of its inspiration before seeing our picks for best thriller series of all time.

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