Olivia Newton-John, Bret Michaels, Clay Aiken, and more to make cameos

By Nick Romano
June 01, 2017 at 02:00 PM EDT
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Sharknado is going international. Syfy announced the first details for the franchise’s fifth installment about sharks in tornados on Thursday, including a title, plot, and casting info.

The tale is called Sharknado 5: Global Swarming and will see the son of Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and bionic wife April (Tara Reid) getting whirled around the world in a ‘nado. “From London to Rio, Tokyo, Rome, Amsterdam, and beyond, our globetrotting heroes will seek assistance from a highly-skilled squad of royals, scholars, and Olympians, enlisting famous faces from news, entertainment, and sports in their most epic battle yet,” reads the official plot description.

The network also unveiled the first teaser imagery, featuring a chainsaw and the official tagline, which was voted on by fans: “Make America Bait Again!”

Some of these “famous faces” mentioned will include Fabio as the Pope, skateboarder Tony Hawk as “a masterful weapons operative strategist,” Clay Aiken as “a cutting edge technology genius” named Llewelyn, Olivia Newton-John and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi as scientists Orion and Electra “who help defend Australia from a looming Sharknado,” Margaret Cho as “a fussy bride” whose honeymoon is interrupted by sharks, Charo as The Queen of England, and Gilbert Gottfried as storm chaser Ron McDonald.

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Bret Michaels (playing a visiting artist trapped in a ‘nado), diver Greg Louganis (a high-end art thief, Zico), Porsha Williams (archaeologist Andromeda, a member of the Sharknado Sisterhood), Flavor of Love‘s Tiffany “New York” Pollard (Vega, a Brazilian black market artifacts dealer), Saturday Night Live‘s Chris Kattan (The Prime Minister of England), and Game of Thrones‘ white walker actor Ross Mullan (Sharknado scientist Dr. Wobbegon) will also appear.

Playing themselves on this still-growing list of cameos are swimmer Tom Daley, Fantastic Beasts star Dan Fogler, Talk Stoop‘s Cat Greenleaf, skier Gus Kenworthy, NBC News‘ Jeff Rossen, and TODAY show hosts Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb.

Anthony C. Ferrante directs Sharknado 5 from an original screenplay by Scotty Mullen. The next chapter in the saga will debut on Syfy this Aug. 6.


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