With the exception of a few small projects, Michael Fassbender is primarily known for his work in the world of drama - regularly serving up some of the most emotional and gripping performances of any given year. As a collective audience we've become accustomed to taking him very seriously - but that should only enhance his upcoming venture into the world of comedy. The two time-Oscar nominated actor is now set to star in David Sandberg's Kung Fury - a feature-length sequel to the short film that has been blowing the internet's mind since 2015.
News of the casting comes from Deadline, which adds that the movie will serve as a sequel to the original YouTube hit - but doesn't mention what role Michael Fassbender will be playing in the film. Heavily inspired by the shlocky, ridiculous action films of the 1980s, Kung Fury is set in an alternate version of 1985 where a hero named Kung Fury keeps the city of Miami safe from hyper-violent forces. He brings together heroes from across time to assemble the Thundercops in an attempt to take down the evil Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler - but the group falls apart when one of their own dies. It is after this tragedy that a new villain emerges with plans to attain an ultimate weapon, leaving Kung Fury no choice but to go on another time-hopping adventure in order to save the day.
David Sandberg - not to be confused with Lights Out/Annabelle: Creation/Shazam! director David F. Sandberg - wrote, directed, produced and starred in Kung Fury three years ago, with Lonely Island member Jorma Taccone co-starring as Adolf Hitler. It has since developed a cult following, and has had a run on Netflix in addition to accruing more than 29 million views on YouTube. KatzSmith Productions, which just had a huge hit last year in Andres Muschietti's IT, is backing the project, and production is expected to start up this summer. The trade report doesn't suggest the project has secured distribution yet, but that will just be news to keep an eye out for.
Following a busy 2017 that included Terrence Malick's Song To Song, Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, and Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman, Michael Fassbender's filmography in 2018 is a bit lighter. The only time we will be seeing him up on the big screen in the calendar year will be in Simon Kinberg's X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is hitting theaters in November. You can check out all of the other movies Fassbender isn't in with our release schedule, and for those of you who aren't familiar with Kung Fury, head on over to Page 2 and experience the weirdness!