X-Men’s Alexandra Shipp joins ensemble Kung Fury sequel
Deadline has brought word that the upcoming sequel to the acclaimed short film Kung Fury has expanded its ensemble cast already including Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator: Dark Fate) and Michael Fassbender (Dark Phoenix) with the addition of prequel X-Men franchise alum Alexandra Shipp.
In Kung Fury, it’s 1985, the best year ever. Miami is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury, the greatest damn cop of all time. Kung Fury’s Thundercops are the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. 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. Kung Fury must travel space and time itself to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy, and defeat evil once and for all.
In addition to Schwarzenegger and Fassbender, the all-star cast also includes Baby Driver‘s Eiza Gonzalez, David Hasselhoff (Baywatch) and wtier/director David Sandberg.
Kung Fury began as a Kickstarter project with a modest $200,000 goal which quickly took the internet by storm and raised over $630,000 for the film. The original short also included The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone as Adolph Hitler and a song, True Survivor, performed by Hasselhoff. The short film, which you can watch in full in the player below, has gained over 40 million views worldwide.
Bloom is handling foreign rights to the film and will be continuing sales in Cannes, following a successful market in Berlin securing distribution in CIS, Germany/Switzerland, Italy, Latin America, Philippines, Romania, Scandinavia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. Endeavor Content and CAA are handling North American sales.
David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner, following their enormous success with IT, which grossed over $700 million worldwide, becoming the largest grossing horror film of all time as of last year. Philip Westgren of B-Reel Films and Conor McCaughan will also produce. Pelle Strandberg is executive producing on behalf of Laser Unicorns.
Kung Fury will begin shooting this Monday.
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