If you thought Sharknado was going to end with just three films, then you have underestimated the allure of Fin to Syfy and The Asylum. The two companies announced today that Ian Ziering will return in SHARKNADO 4 (working title), reprising his role as shark-fighting hero Fin Shepard, while Tara Reid is set to return as April Wexler. The rest of the cast (with the exception of maybe Busey, Hasselhoff, Shepard and Tiegs) may not be as easy to recall.
Of course April’s fate was left to the fans, so how she returns will depend on the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign. The fourth addition to the hit franchise also sees the return of David Hasselhoff as Gil Shepard and Ryan Newman as Claudia Shepard.
Set to premiere on Syfy this July, SHARKNADO 4 (WT) will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!. Fin, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years. The network teases, “but now sharks – and ‘nados! – are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected…”
SHARKNADO 4 will star Gary Busey (“Lethal Weapon,” ”Celebrity Apprentice”), as Wilford Wexler, April’s father and a lead scientist at Astro-X. He’s at the forefront of advances in the field of robotics. Joining the team is Tommy Davidson (“Black Dynamite,” “In Living Color”), as Aston Reynolds, playboy tech billionaire. Aston is the CEO of tech company Astro-X, developers of a revolutionary energy system that can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of tornadoes.
Imani Hakim (“Everybody Hates Chris”) will star as Gabrielle, Matt’s best friend and a fellow soldier. Gabrielle is tough and no-nonsense, can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to show what she’s capable of doing. Cody Linley (“Hannah Montana,” “Melissa & Joey”) joins as Matt, Fin and April’s eldest son. After surviving the first Sharknado, Matt finished flight school and joined the Army. He’s experienced the events of the last six years from afar and longs to reunite with his American Hero father.
Masiela Lusha (“George Lopez”) will join the cast as Gemini, Fin’s cousin. Ever resourceful, Gemini is chock full of shark-busting attitude and is ready to dive into the fight once the sharks hit the fan. Cheryl Tiegs (“The Apprentice”), as Raye, Fin’s mother and Col. Gil Shepard’s ex-wife. Raye is a little bit of a former flower child, but not afraid to speak her mind or protect her family.
Currently filming, SHARKNADO 4 will include “a plethora of additional outrageous and surprising cameos” according to the network, and more will be announced soon. SHARKNADO 4 is a production of The Asylum. Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct an original screenplay written by Thunder Levin.