Stars to return for first ‘Shrek’ film in 16 years

The long-awaited return of ‘Shrek’ has been confirmed, and Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz are all set to return to the much-loved franchise.

A plotline for for the lovable green ogre’s first film in 16 years is yet to be revealed, but Myers will play the title character, Diaz will voice Shrek’s wife Princess Fiona and Murphy will return as sidekick Donkey.

Announcing the news, DreamWorks Animation said on X: “Not too Far, Far Away… ‘Shrek 5’ is coming to theatres on 1 July 2026 with Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.”

The first film was released back in 2001 and won the first Oscar for best animated feature film.

It was a huge hit for DreamWorks, making US$487 million worldwide at the box office.

‘Shrek 2’ was released in 2004, ‘Shrek The Third’ came out in 2007 and ‘Shrek Forever After’ hit cinemas in 2010.

‘Shrek 5’ will in fact be the seventh film in the wider franchise, after Antonio Banderas’ character had two spin-off films – ‘Puss In Boots’ and ‘Puss In Boots: The Last Wish’.

It is unknown whether Banderas will be back for ‘Shrek 5’.

Murphy hinted in an interview with Collider last month that Donkey could also be getting his own spin-off movie.

He also said work on ‘Shrek 5’ started “months ago”.

“I recorded the first act and we’ll be doing it this year, we’ll finish it up,” he said.

“’Shrek’ is coming out and Donkey’s gonna have his own movie.” – BBC Entertainment

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