Casting roundup: Arnold gets Kung Fury-ous, Titans lands its Doom Patrol Chief, and more

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Apr 6, 2020, 8:50 PM EDT (Updated)

The Governator is about to become the… Presidentator? Hey, stick around — we’re going somewhere with this. A new report pegs Arnold Schwarzenegger as David Sandberg’s choice to play the U.S. president in Kung Fury, Sandberg’s gleefully over-the-top throwback action comedy that's set to begin filming soon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schwarzenegger will join David Hasselhoff, Michael Fassbender, and Sandberg himself in the gonzo, slapstick feature. Kung Fury evolved into a full-length project after Sandberg (who plays the title character) got tons of buzz from an eponymous, crowd-funded 2015 short film that also starred Hasselhoff.

Set smack in the middle of the 1980s, Kung Fury — the “greatest damn cop of all time” — protects Miami, that most ‘80s of cities. Aiding him is a gaggle of super-capable time-traveling good guys known as the Thundercops, but things go awry when, y’know, Hitler (aka Kung Fuhrer) shows up with a mysterious sidekick and menaces, well, the whole future.

Development on Kung Fury is just starting, so watch for more details once filming begins this summer.

In other casting news, Deadline reports that DC’s forthcoming live-action Titans series has just cast the first member of the Doom Patrol — the storied team of anti-heroes that evolved through the comics into DC’s misfit complement to the more conventionally heroic Justice League. 

Bruno Bichir (Narcos, The Bridge) has been cast to play The Chief, the super-intelligent leader of the Doom Patrol whose scientific research under his real name — Niles Caulder, Ph.D. — has more than compensated for his paralysis, which had confined him to a wheelchair. The Chief is all about pushing the scientific envelope to help others overcome and even overwhelm their limitations, a passion that ends up leading, yep, to the formation of the Doom Patrol. 

Titans is set to launch on Warner Bros.’ new DC-themed digital service, which is on track to debut later this year. 

Also via Deadline, Emmanuelle Chriqui is set to play Dr. Lil Kyle in The Passage, Fox’s TV adaptation of Justin Cronin’s book trilogy about sick vampires in a post-apocalyptic world. Chriqui will be joined by Caroline Chikezie and Jamie McShane, who also were recently added to the lineup. 


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After getting kicked around in development over the past several months, The Passage finally appears to be back on track with a new director (Jason Ensler) and a cast that’s finally coalescing ahead of its anticipated launch in the fall of 2018.

Finally, Deadline also is reporting that Robert Pattinson (of Twilight fame) has agreed to star in the horror fantasy The Lighthouse, alongside Willem Dafoe. Directed by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is the follow-up project to The Witch, Eggers’ 2015 directorial debut that generated tons of buzz for its brooding creepiness and despairing, fable-like story.

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Details on The Lighthouse are still murky, but the film will find Dafoe and Pattinson along the craggy shores of Nova Scotia in the early 1900s. We’re not yet sure, though, when we’ll be able to find it in theaters — so stay tuned.

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