Eddie Murphy Delivers Long-Awaited Update on 'Shrek 5'

After years of speculation and waiting, fans finally received a solid update on a fifth Shrek movie in April 2023, when Illumination's CEO revealed that the studio was negotiating with the franchise's key actors to return for a sequel. Not much has been said about the potential sequel since then, however—until now. In an interview with Collider to promote Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, Eddie Murphy confirmed that Shrek 5 is set to be released in 2025 and that he's already recorded lines as his character Donkey. Not only that, but a Donkey spinoff is in the works as well.

With this reveal, we're sure to get more Shrek 5 information soon. In the meantime, here's everything we know about the potential sequel so far.

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When will Shrek 5 be released?

Eddie Murphy suggested a 2025 release date in a June 2024 interview, but nothing concrete has been announced yet. Prior to Murphy's reveal, a screen-grab of an alleged LinkedIn resumé had fans hoping for a 2025 release as well.

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What is the plot of Shrek 5?

No official plot details have been revealed for Shrek 5 yet, but with vocals being recorded, a script must be mostly complete.

Who will be in the cast of Shrek 5?

Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri spoke with Variety, saying that he hopes to see series regulars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy return for the film. However, so far only Eddie Murphy has confirmed that he will be returning and has recorded dialogue for the movie.

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What is Shrek 5 called?

The fifth Shrek film does not have an official title yet. Based on the other films in the series, it will likely either simply be called Shrek 5 or have a name that includes a play on the word five.

Who is the villain of Shrek 5?

The villain of the fifth Shrek film has not been announced yet. Last we heard from Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri, the studio was still negotiating with actors.

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Is Shrek Forever after Shrek 5?

Shrek Forever is the fourth film in the Shrek series. Since the plot of the fifth Shrek film has yet to be revealed, it's unclear if the new film will be a sequel or a prequel of some sort.

Is Shrek 5 a sequel to Puss in Boots: The Last Wish?

The plot for the fifth Shrek film has yet to be revealed, so it's unknown how it might connect with Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. However, the most recent Puss in the Boots film did end with a tease for the return to the Kingdom of Far Far Away.

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Why is Shrek 5 delayed?

Eddie Murphy stated in 2016 that a script had been written and he believed the film would release sometime between 2019 to 2020. It's unclear why the studio wasn't able to move forward with the film at that time.

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