Back in 2015, David Sandberg rocked the internet with the online release of the Kickstart-funded short film Kung Fury, his ode to 1980s action films and martial arts movies. Several years and nearly 30 million views on YouTube later, a feature-length sequel to Sandberg's short film is now moving forward, and it's been announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the cast in a key role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schwarzenegger will play the president of the United States in the Kung Fury movie. No stranger to the world of politics, Schwarzenegger served as the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, so playing the president may be something he's already comfortable with.
Slated to start filming this summer, the feature-length sequel's cast also includes Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff, the latter of whom sang and starred in the music video for the short film's featured song, "True Survivor."
The original Kung Fury short film is a melting pot of story elements ranging from time travel to Adolf Hitler to a plethora of ’80s references, and the sequel looks to continue that eclectic style. According to Variety, the new movie will take place in "1985 Miami, which is kept safe under the watchful eye of the police officer Kung Fury through his Thundercops police force. After the tragic death of a Thundercop causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon."
Sandberg, who starred as Kung Fury in the short film, will return to write and direct the feature-length movie, with David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt (the former two having previously produced 2017's IT movie) producing along with Philip Westgren, Conor McCaughan, and Pelle Strandberg.
We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on the Kung Fury movie as more details are revealed. In the meantime, you can watch the short film and Hasselhoff's music video below.
Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2015 film Maggie: