Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) in Shrek
(DreamWorks Animation)

‘Shrek’ Fans Just Got Some Shrekcellent News

There may not have been a Shrek movie for a while, but it’s one of those franchises that doesn’t go away, and Shrek 5 is finally on the horizon.

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While the last movie to actually feature Shrek himself was all the way back in 2010, his feline friend Puss in Boots has had a successful spinoff series, and we last caught up with him in 2022’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which was a big financial and critical success. It also happened to end with a tease that Puss in Boots would soon be reunite with Shrek and co. again.

Now it seems like that tease is coming to fruition! Shrek 5 is on the way. Back in April 2023, Chris Meledandri stated that there was “tremendous enthusiasm on behalf of the actors to return” for a new installment. After that, there was radio silence on the project for a bit, but now actor Eddie Murphy has shared an important update.

Who is in the cast for Shrek 5?

We know for a fact that Eddie Murphy will be back as Donkey! In fact, he’s already recorded some of his lines. He told Collider that work began on the project “months ago” and that a Donkey spinoff movie was also on the way. But more on that in a minute!

Antonio Bandaras, a.k.a. Puss in Boots himself, is also most likely in the cast… although admittedly he hasn’t been confirmed yet. He told Deadline in December 2022, “I’ve done five movies now. There is probably gonna be another,” and sung the praises of the franchise. So it looks likely, right?

That just leaves Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz as Shrek and Fiona. Diaz announced she was retiring from acting back in 2018, but since then, she’s un-retired. According to an announcement made on July 9, she and Mike Myers will both return. And to be honest, it wouldn’t be much of a Shrek movie without them.

Who is directing Shrek 5?

Shrek 5 will be directed by Walt Dohrn, who worked on two previous Shrek films, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. He was head of story for Shrek: Forever After and was also the voice of Rumplestiltskin in that movie! He was also co-director of Trolls and the sole director of Trolls World Tour and Trolls Band Together.

Is there is a Donkey spinoff movie?

After announcing that he’d begun work on Shrek 5, Eddie Murphy went on to say, “Shrek is coming out, and Donkey’s gonna have his own movie. We’re gonna do Donkey as well. So we’re gonna do a Shrek, and we’re doing a Donkey [movie].”

Donkey was always a very popular character in the Shrek franchise, and Murphy clearly had the time of his life playing him. There’s no further details at the moment about what the Donkey movie might be about (maybe it’s a prequel?) or when it might be released, but stay tuned!

When will Shrek 5 come out?

Fans have had to wait a long time to see their favorite green guy on the big screen again, and they’re going to have to hold on a couple more years. Shrek 5 will come out on July 1, 2026. On that day, the wait will finally be ogre—sorry, over.

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