Filmmaker David Sandberg must be one hell of a salesman. That’s the only reason I can imagine that would explain how he’s been able to snag a big cast for his sequel to his goofy short film, “Kung Fury.” But somehow, someway, Sandberg has added Alexandra Shipp to co-star in “Kung Fury 2” opposite Michael Fassbender and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Nope, we are not making this up.
The last we heard about “Kung Fury 2,” it was announced that Schwarzenegger was joining Fassbender for the film back in 2018. Now, with the film currently in production, Shipp has been brought in to take over for a role recently vacated by Eiza Gonzalez, according to Deadline.
As you might guess from the title, “Kung Fury 2” is the big-screen sequel to the 2015 short film that went viral based on its ridiculous premise and highly stylized visuals. The original film told the story of Kung Fury, a 1980s Miami cop, that goes back in time to stop Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. It’s intentionally silly and succeeds because of its tongue-in-cheek humor and style.
“Kung Fury 2” continues the story of the Miami police officer and his Thundercops. When the members of the team disband after a death, a new villain emerges, forcing Kung Fury once again to travel through space and time to help save the world.
Previously, Sandberg had said that the film, which is set in the same universe as the short film, will actually not be a true sequel, but instead a clean slate that will not contain any footage from the original short film. Yes, it’s weird, but also very fitting for this new franchise.
As mentioned, filming is now underway in Europe. There’s no release date set for the film.