Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back for Sharknado 5, reprising their roles as Fin Shepard and April Wexler. For those who have been following the series, then they may remember that Wexler had been brought back to life and is now part robot. In addition to April’s return, the Sharknados are back and are taking over the world. And, this time, Shepard and Wexler’s son is caught up in one of them. One of the most entertaining aspects of the series is that each Sharknado movie incorporates a ton of celebrity cameos. Before we get into the main cast and characters, check out all the other celebrities who are appearing in Sharknado 5 below.
Olivia Newton-John as Orion
Masiela Lusha as Gemini
Charo as Queen of England
Chris Kattan as British Prime Minister
Fabio as The Pope
Kathie Lee Gifford
Downtown Julie Brown
When it comes to some of the members of the main cast, Ian Ziering returns as Fin Shepard, Tara Reid is back as April Wexler, Cody Linley is Matt Shepard again and Cassandra Scerbo is Nova Clarke. Fin and April’s son Matt appeared in the first Sharknado and since then, he joined the army and flight school. In Sharknado 4, he appeared as a main character who hoped to reconnect with his dad, and now, it looks like he may need some rescuing in Sharknado 5.
As for the celebrity cameos, Clay Aiken plays a bit of a “Q” in a James Bond-like way, according to Hollywood Reporter. In addition, Olivia Newton-John appears in her first screen role in 17 years. She plays a scientist who gives star Tara Reid a Grease-style makeover. Josh Van Houdt, Syfy’s VIP of original co-productions, told The Hollywood Reporter what the network looks for when casting all of their celebrity cameos in the series. Van Houdt explained:
We look for cameos from all areas of pop culture to appeal to every fan watching the movie. Whether we’re casting a professional athlete, reality star, actor, musician or politician, our goal is to include a wide variety of stars for viewers to either get excited about or, on the flip side, witness getting eaten by a shark in a spectacular fashion.
Sharknado 5 airs August 6, 2017 on the Syfy network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.