You can add the Syfy Network to the long list of things that love David Hasselhoff (Germans and Norm MacDonald being just two) as the former Baywatch star joins the cast of Sharknado 3, contributing his aquatic thespian skills to the role of Gilbert Sheperd, father of series hero Fin Sheperd, portrayed by former Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering.
Hasselhoff – the star of iconic 1980s TV series Knight Rider and Baywatch – has carved out a decent side career in parodying his sometimes ultra-serious persona in films like Dodgeball and The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie. He will star opposite another 80s icon -- Bo Derek, who recently signed on to play Fin’s mother, May – as well as Ziering, Tara Reid (April) and Cassie Scerbo (Nova) in the newest installment of the global pop culture sensation.
In addition, Ryan Newman will play April and Fin’s daughter Claudia Sheperd and Jack Griffo portrays Claudia’s friend, Billy.
Additional cameo roles include Mark Cuban as the President of the United States; Ann Coulter as the Vice President; Jerry Springer as Mr. White, a manic tourist; *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and Chris Jericho, who will portray Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.
Sharknado 3 will premiere on Syfy in July, causing mass destruction in Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida.
Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct, based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin. Sharknado 3 is a production of The Asylum.
When it aired last July 30, Sharknado 2: The Second One became Syfy’s most-watched original movie ever, notching just under 4 million viewers in its debut.