This is Us is a mega, gigantic, super hit on NBC for one reason and, really, one reason only:
It features characters viewers know and love.
And yet: Thee Seeason 4 trailer featured on this page makes it clear that upcoming episodes will give us a look at character we don't know -- and maybe won't love.
Indeed, NBC has now confirmed that This Is Us Season 4 will introduce fans to 10 new characters, many of whom will be played by very familiar faces.
“It’s so strange, isn’t it? How just like that a complete stranger can become such a big part of your story,” Mandy Moore‘s Rebecca Pearson tells future husband Jack, played by Milo Ventimiglia, early on in this video.
“It’s actually kind of terrifying, you know, how a single cross with one person you’ve never met can change everything,” she adds ... as glimpses of new characters appear.
So... who are these strangers?
And how will they impact the This Is Us universe we've been watching for years?
Most details are being kept under wraps, but we do know who they're played by:
- Asante Blackk
- Marsha Stephanie Blake
- Omar Epps
- Bahara Golestani
- Jennifer Morrison
- Timothy Omundson
- M. Night Shyamalan
- Julian Silva
- Auden Thornton
- Nick Wechsler
Morrison is set to make her debut on the drama as a military woman, this much we know.
We're also gonna guess that Shyamalan makes a cameo as someone working Kevin on his the latter's movie after he landed a role in a Ron Howard World War II movie co-starring Sylvester Stallone.
But, again, this is just a guess.
Epps, we can also confirm, will play a mechanic.
“I would say that there’s a lot of secret new cast members who are going to be a big deal, coming up,” co-creator Dan Fogelman recently said about the guest actors joining the show.
As for other non-series regulars you can expect to see on Season 4?
Griffin Dunne will return as Nicky, Jack’s little brother who had a traumatic time while serving in the Vietnam War.
Elsewhere, Ron Cephas Jones will beb ack as Randall’s dad in flashback scenes... Elizabeth Perkins will appear in the season premiere as Rebecca’s mother ... and Phylicia Rashad returns as Beth’s mom.
“If you think you know what’s coming next you don’t know us,” this trailer teases
Season 4 of This Is Us premieres on Sept. 24 at 9/8x on NBC.
Check out this revealing and intriguing sneak peek now.