'Search Party' Season 4: Meet Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner, Susan Sarandon and rest of the cast of HBO Max show
Catch the beloved, twisted, funny Dory Sief as she attempts to escape the clutches of her kidnapper
No amount of praise is enough for the dark comedy thriller 'Search Party'. What started as a search for a missing girl turned into a murder case then a courtroom drama before becoming a missing girl's case all over again. But in Season 4, the tables have turned and how! Catch the beloved, twisted, funny (often unintentionally so) Dory Sief as she attempts to escape the clutches of her kidnapper. While her closest friends or frenemies begin a search for her, the question is will they find her before it is too late?
Season 4 of 'Search Party' will premiere on HBO Max on January 14, 2021. But before that, meet the cast.
Alia Shawkat as Dory Sief
Shawkat plays the role of Dory Sief, who started the show searching for a missing girl and then by the end of Season 3, becomes a missing girl herself. Following her acquittal in the murder case of Keith Powell (Ron Livingston) in Season 3, Dory is kidnapped by her stalker. In the final moments of the previous season, she is shown bound in chains as she asks her captor for a glass of water. Will Dory manage to save herself this time around? Or has she run out of chances?
If you think you know Shawkat from somewhere, it is most likely from her role of Maeby Fünke in the Fox/Netflix television sitcom 'Arrested Development'. In an interview a long time ago, she had said that many of her "formative moments" as an actress took place on the 'Arrested Development' set. "[Show creator] Mitch Hurwitz was like a father figure to me. In a way, it was great to be around [the cast], because I feel that my understanding of comedy was able to grow really well during that time," she was reported saying.
She is also known for playing Hannah Rayburn on 'State of Grace' and Gertie Michaels in the 2015 horror-comedy film 'The Final Girls'. Her appearances on Comedy Central's 'Drunk History' as Frances Cleveland, Virginia Hall and Alexander Hamilton were also very well received. For her role in 'Search Party', she was awarded the Gracie Award Actress in a Breakthrough Role in 2017.
John Reynolds as Drew Gardner
Reynolds as Drew is probably our most favorite character. By Season 3, he had started growing increasingly resentful of his ex-girlfriend who had thrust their friends into life-threatening situations. Will he manage to stay away from Dory for long? In Season 4, Drew is trying to escape his dark past by working as a costumed cast member in a theme park.
The actor is best known for playing the role of Darren on 'Horse Girl', Officer Callahan on 'Stranger Things', Mason on 'Miracle Workers' and Duffy in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'.
John Early as Elliott Goss
John Early's role as Elliott Goss is as colorful as they get. But in Season 3, it was evident that he is all but a phoney man; everything he had told his friends about himself was a lie, including his own name. Goss's narcissism knows no bounds and we expect it to get even more entertaining going forward in Season 4. Going forward, Elliott has switched party lines to become a far-right conservative talk show host.
The actor is best known for his role on '30 Rock' as Jenna Maroney's son Jerome, in the independent film 'Fort Tilden', Wayne in 'High Maintenance' and Brandon in 'Broad City'. He has made voice appearances on two episodes of 'Bob's Burgers' as brunch blogger Dalton Crespin. He also starred alongside Reynolds in 'Save Yourselves!'.
Meredith Hagner as Portia Davenport
After she spent most of Season 3 mad at Dory, Portia reconciles with her toward the end of the season. Following a brief but ultimately failed encounter with religion and Christianity, Portia regains some sense of self after reality comes crashing down on her. In Season 4, Portia is starring in a film about the trial, although not as herself.
The actress is best known for her role as Liberty Ciccone on 'As the World Turns'. In 2009, the role earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2009. She is also known for her roles in 'Dummy', 'Lights Out', and as Amy Jordan in 'Men at Work'.
Information about Sarandon's role in the movie is not available as of yet, but she is seen in the trailer on several occasions looking for Dory. Does she play an investigator? Or does she has vested interests in finding Dory? We will know soon.
The American actress and activist has received an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards. Known for her social and political activism, Sarandon was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999. On television, Sarandon is a six-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee, including for her guest roles on the sitcoms Friends (2001) and Malcolm in the Middle (2002), as well as her supporting role in the film 'You Don't Know Jack '(2010). She was also nominated for her leading roles as Doris Duke and Bette Davis in the film 'Bernard and Doris' (2008) and the miniseries 'Feud' (2017), respectively.
Sarandon has contributed the narration to two dozen documentary films, many of which dealt with social and political issues. In addition, she has served as the presenter on many installments of the PBS documentary series, 'Independent Lens'.
Cole Escola as Chip
Escola plays the role of Chip, Dory's psychotic stalker, who at the end of Season 3 successfully kidnapped Dory. According to the official press site, he is determined to make Dory believe that they are best friends.
He is known for his appearances on the television series 'Jeffery & Cole Casserole', 'Difficult People', and 'At Home with Amy Sedaris'.
The new season of 'Search Party' premieres on Thursday, January 14, 2021, with three episodes. The season continues with another three episodes on January 21, 2021, and the final four episodes drop on January 28, 2021.