Once the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has transitioned his career back from politics to acting – but an upcoming project will try to offer the best of both worlds.
Schwarzenegger will portray the president of the United States in upcoming feature-length, martial-arts comedy “Kung Fury,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. He’ll be part of a cast that includes David Hasselhoff, Michael Fassbender and the film’s director, David Sandberg.
“Kung Fury” is an upcoming, full-length feature version of a 2015 short film with the same title. In it, Sandberg plays the eponymous hero, Miami-Dade detective Kung Fury, who must travel back in time to battle Adolf Hitler (aka “Kung Fuhrer,” played by Jorma Taccone). Fury does so with the help of dinosaurs, the Norse god Thor and other mythical/supernatural companions.
It’s set in the 1980s and is as cheesy as it sounds – perhaps a perfect fit for a man once nicknamed “the Governator.”
The plot of the film’s full version is still unknown, but the Hollywood Reporter writes that the story will involve Fury’s efforts to stop “a mysterious villain” who “emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon.”
The 31-minute short film premiered on YouTube, where it’s still available in its entirety and has amassed nearly 30 million views, and has also been watchable on streaming platforms like Netflix in certain regions. It holds an 86 percent audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The full-length “Kung Fury” currently has no announced release date. The big-screen edition will be a “clean slate,” Sandberg said in a 2015 interview with Entertainment Weekly, but the two stories will exist in the “same universe.”
Schwarzenegger, 70, served as California governor from 2003-2011. He is a Republican. As documented Thursday by Film School Rejects, Schwarzenegger has been a vocal critic of current real-life President Donald Trump and his administration.
And, just in case you didn’t know, Schwarzenegger could not become the American president in real life. He was born in Austria.