I hope all of you are sitting down or leaning on something really sturdy or have a tall, strapping southern gentleman standing nearby who has experience with catching people who faint suddenly when they get flustered, because I have some potentially distressing news: Tara Reid may be out of the Sharknado sequel.
Sources connected to the production tell TMZ … producers had a meeting this past week to discuss plans for the New York-based sequel — and the only actor they want back for round 2 is Ian Ziering. [TMZ]
Now, I say “may be out” because a rep for Syfy told HuffPo that no official casting decisions have been made, but more importantly, whatever. Tara Reid did jack squat in the first Sharknado besides give hilarious quotes during the publicity tour and complain that Ian Ziering’s character wanted to stop to save a schoolbus full of young children. The bigger story here is that, if they’re really cutting the entire non-Ziering cast for Sharknado II: The Secret of the Ooze (working title), then Cassie Scerbo won’t be around to shoot more flying sharks out of the sky with a shotgun. This simply will not do. I’ll draw up the petition this afternoon.
Also, because I’ve had this GIF sitting on my desktop forever…
UPDATE: Sharknado producer David Latt says the TMZ report is hooey.
“The short answer is: Nope. Tara is invited back,” Latt told The Hollywood Reporter. “Honestly, I don’t know where that [TMZ story] came from.” […]
“Despite all of the rumors and tabloid stories, Tara was great to work with,” he added. “She showed up to play. Knew her lines. Was into this crazy, silly film. No drama. No diva. … She was great and we would be lucky to have her in S2.”
WE’RE GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, GUYS.
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