Arnold Schwarzenegger joins a cast that already includes Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff in Kung Fury…
Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the cast of Kung Fury, a martial arts and action spoof from director David Sandberg that’s also recruited Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff.
Sandberg (not be confused with David F. Sandberg, who’s currently filming DC’s Shazam!) is making a feature-length version of his tongue-in-cheek YouTube short film, a homage to 80s martial arts and cop movies that was financed through a Kickstarter campaign. The short was screened at Cannes in 2015 and has garnered more than 40 million views worldwide.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, former California governor Schwarzenegger will play the American president in the film, which is set in Miami circa 1985. This Miami is policed by Kung Fury and the Thundercops, a group of law enforcers who were brought together from different eras in history to defeat Kung Fuhrer, a.k.a. Adolf Hitler.
But after the group dissolves following the tragic death of a Thundercop, a new and mysterious villain emerges to help the Fuhrere obtain the ultimate weapon. It’s up to Kung Fury himself — who will be played by Sandberg — to defeat the evil menace, save the other Thundercops and defend the Miami Kung Fu Academy, even if he has to travel through time and space to do so.
Obviously this all sounds completely bonkers, which could be either a good or bad thing. The film will shoot in Europe and the US over the summer, presumably with an eye on a 2018 release. The project is being shopped to distributors right now at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Schwarzenegger’s recent films include indie releases like Aftermath and Killing Gunther, although he’s attached to a new Western series called Outsider being developed by Amazon Studios. Of course, there’s also the looming Terminator reboot, which is scheduled for release in July 2019.