Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens, the latest installment of Syfy Channels’ leading mock horror movie franchise Sharknado, will make its debut on Sunday, July 31, at 8:00 p.m. and as promised, the flick features a huge list of cast and cameo appearances, an odd tie-in with Star Wars, the revelation if April Wexler survived Sharknado 3, a possible “cow-nado,” and the official movie poster.
Since 2013, Thunder Levin has written four screenplays for the Sharknado franchise and Anthony C. Ferrante has directed all of them. Written “bad” on purpose, the films have become huge cult classic hits with each new film cramming in as many cameo roles as possible.
Sharknado 4 takes place five years after the film’s third installment (Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!) which debuted last summer. In the movie, the world has been sharknado-free since the incidents of the last film when suddenly, the sharks begin to fly again powered by tornadoes. However, this time they are showing up in unexpected places and in unusual ways.
Once again, it is up to Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) to save the world. He won’t fight the battle alone as David Hasselhoff and Ryan Newman will reprise their roles as well. As for if Tara Reid would be returning to the story after the last film’s cliffhanger, her fate has been revealed in the teaser trailer below. (Syfy had run a social media contest where fans could vote whether or not #AprilLives or #AprilDies after the showing of Sharknado 3).
As reported earlier, Sharknado 4 also stars:
- Gary Busey as Wilford Wexler, April’s father who just so happens to be a scientist at Astro-X who works in the area of robotics.
- Tommy Davidson as Aston Reynolds, who is the CEO of Astro-X who are in the process of preventing the formation of tornadoes with or without sharks.
- Cody Linley as Matt, Fin and April’s oldest son who went to flight school and then served in the Army and now is looking forward to reuniting with his folks. Maybe he shouldn’t have come home.
- Imani Hakim as Gabrielle, Matt’s best friend and army buddy.
- Masiela Lusha as Gemini, Fin’s cousin and shark fighter.
- Cheryl Tiegs as Raye, Fin’s mother and Gil Shepherd’s ex-wife.
- Gena Lee Nolin and Alexandra Paul of Baywatch fame playing Astro-X rocket scientists and astrophysicists.
This year’s list of cameo appearances in Sharknado 4 include:
- Cynthia Bailey (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
- Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank)
- Kym Johnson (Dancing with the Stars)
- Carrie Keagan (TV host)
- Benjy Bronk (The Howard Stern Show) as a morning show host
- Carrot Top (“Vegas Headliner”) as an Uber Driver
- Chippendales Dancers (as themselves)
- Duane Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter) as a chainsaw dealer
- Stacey Dash (actress and pundit) as the Mayor of Chicago
- Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) as manager of the Shark World hotel
- David Faustino (Married with Children) as a Las Vegas gambler
- Erika Girardi (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) as Tech Frances
- Gilbert Gottfried (comedian) as TODAY Show correspondent
- Lori Greiner (Shark Tank) as a home shopping guru
- Steve Guttenberg (Colton West, Lavalantula 2, Lava 2) as Car Owner
- Hayley Hasselhoff as Supervisor Mary Jane
- Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff as Pilot Shaylin
- iJustine (YouTube star) as Supervisor Brock
- Andre “Black Nerd” Meadows (YouTube star) as a train conductor
- Frank Mir (MMA fighter) as head of security for the Shark World hotel
- Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Wayne Newton (aka Mr. Las Vegas), and Todd Savannah and Grayson Chrisley (Chrisley Knows Best) as themselves.
- Roy Nelson (MMA fighter) as Donnie the Paparazzo
- Drew Pinsky (Loveline) as a pastor
- DeStorm Power (YouTube/Vine Star) as a National Guardsman
- Dolvett Quince (The Biggest Loser) as a trainer
- Seth Rollins (WWE Superstar) as AstroTech Lopez
- Stassi Schroeder (Vanderpump Rules) as Koening
- Jax Taylor (Vanderpump Rules) as a Guardsman
- Paul Shaffer as himself
- Patti Stanger (Millionaire Matchmaker) as a reporter
- Corey Taylor (Slipknot) as a Shark World hotel security guard
As each of the Sharknado movies get sillier, their posters have become that much better. Here is the official poster:
[Images via Syfy]