Watch the first teaser for ‘Orange Is The New Black’ season four

Netflix's hit prison drama will return on June 17

Netflix has releasex the first teaser for season four of Orange Is The New Black.

Season four of the prison-based comedy-drama will launch in all territories on June 17. Taylor Schilling reprises her role as unlikely inmate Piper Chapman, with Laura Prepon returning as Piper’s on-off girlfriend Alex Vause.

They will be joined once again by Kate Mulgrew (Red), Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes), Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky), Danielle Brooks (Taystee), Natasha Lyonne (Nicky) and Yael Stone (Lorna).

Discussing the main themes in Orange Is The New Black‘s fourth season, the show’s creator Jenji Kohan said at a US press event over the weekend: “We start with political agendas, the corporatisation of the prison, the stratification of people into their little mosaic groups. We want it to be a surprise, but [you can expect] all the fun stuff like race and hate and some things from current events that we wanted to filter through our lens.”

Kohan also confirmed that the show’s focus will continue to shift away from Taylor Schilling’s character Piper Chapman, who was originally at the centre of many of its storylines. “This was always intended as an ensemble show,” Kohan explained. “Piper was our entrée to our world. She’s always a presence and we’re invested in her story, but as it grows, we’re invested in everyone’s story.”