You can’t keep a hungry shark out of the … air? We knew Sharknado 5 was happening, and now we know its not-so-subtle subtitle: Global Swarming.
Syfy shared the news June 1, the same day Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, thus weakening efforts to combat global warming.
On the one hand, it’s not great timing. On the other, maybe the world needs to chuckle. The network and “Sharknado” franchise creator The Asylum also announced the film’s timely tagline: Make America Bait Again.
Both the title and tagline are the result of a fan-sourced social initiative launched this April. Calling on fans for inspiration, Syfy invited Facebook users to submit their most creative and outrageous ideas via an interactive bot.
Anyway, “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming” will debut at 8/7c Aug. 6 on Syfy and in more the 100 countries, if they aren’t all under water by then.
In the latest film, the mission gets personal for Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his bionic wife, April (Tara Reid). Their son gets trapped in a tornado that defies the laws of, well, tornados. It can travel over large bodies of water and take the lad around the world.
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. They enlist famous faces from news, entertainment and sports in their most epic battle yet.
And just in case all that doesn’t whet you appetite for more fake-looking sharks, bad acting and horrible special effects, Syfy offers the first list of celebrities making cameos.
Sharknado 5 cameos
- Fabio as the Pope
- Tony Hawk as a masterful weapons operative strategist
- Clay Aiken as Llewelyn, a cutting edge technology genius
- Olivia Newton-John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi as Orion and Electra, two brilliant scientists who help defend Australia from a looming Sharknado
- Bret Michaels as a visiting artist who gets trapped in the storm
- Margaret Cho as a fussy bride whose honeymoon is interrupted by sharks
- Charo as the Queen of England
- Gilbert Gottfried as storm chaser Ron McDonald
- Olympic diving medalist Greg Louganis as Zico, a high-end art thief
- Porsha Williams (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) as Andromeda, an archeologist and member of the elite “Sharknado Sisterhood”
- Tiffany “New York” Pollard (“Flavor of Love”) as Vega, a Brazilian black market artifacts dealer
- Chris Kattan (“Saturday Night Live”) as the Prime Minister of England
- Ross Mullan (“Game of Thrones” White Walker) as Dr. Wobbegon, a scientist who has made breakthroughs in meteorological studies to track Sharknado storms
And playing themselves
- “Today” hosts Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb
- Olympic diving medalist Tom Daley
- Olympic freeskiing medalist Gus Kenworthy
- NBC News investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen
- Cat Greenleaf of “Talk Stoop”
- Dan Fogler of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Cassie Scerbo, Masiela Lusha and Cody Linley also reprise their roles from previous installments.
Anthony C. Ferrante directed “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming,” based on an original screenplay by Scotty Mullen.