Back in 2015, director David Sandberg (not to be confused with Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg) released the short film Kung Fury, which at its core was a love letter to 1980s martial arts and action movies. Made off a $630,000 budget, the 31-minute Kung Fury was met with a lot of positive reviews and continues to enjoyed on several digital platforms, but we'll soon be returning to this world for a feature-length sequel. It was announced earlier this week that Michael Fassbender will lead a Kung Fury movie, and now word has come in that he'll be joined by one of the most popular action stars of the '80s and '90s: Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After completing his two terms as California's governor in 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the world of acting, appearing in movies like Terminator Genisys, The Last Stand, Escape Plan and the Expendables entries. Now he'll be adding Kung Fury to his list of action-related credits, as it was announced that he'll co-star alongside Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff, the latter of whom appeared in the original short film. In addition to producing the Kung Fury movie through his Laser Unicorns banner, David Sandberg will also be appearing on camera to reprise the eponymous protagonist. While the official announcement of Schwarzenegger's casting didn't identity the actor's Kung Fury character, THR has heard that he'll be playing the President of the United States.
Set in an alternate 1985, Kung Fury follows the hero of the same name, who keeps the streets of Miami safe by leading the Thundercops. This elite police force's members have been assembled from all across history to defeat the evil Kung Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler. However, after one of the Thundercops falls in the line of duty, a new villain emerges to assist the Kung Fuhrer in obtaining the ultimate weapon. With no other options left, Kung Fury will have to travel across time and space to save his allies, defend the Miami Kung Fu Academy and wipe our the forces of evil for good. Assuming that Arnold Schwarzenegger's President isn't corrupt and working with the Kung Fuhrer or this mysterious enemy, ideally that means that he'll be Kung Fury's ally, presumably giving the main hero his orders or something along those lines. David Hasselhoff will likely be voicing the Hoff 9000 again, but it remains to be seen how Michael Fassbender's character fits into the story.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on the development of this Kung Fury movie. In the meantime, Arnold Schwarzenegger will next appear in Viy 2: Journey to China, which hits theaters later this year. Schwarzenegger will also return for the sixth Terminator movie. For those of you wanting to plan your trips to the theater, head over to our 2018 release schedule.