Brace for a snark attack: 'Sharknado 3' is filming in Orlando this week

Published February 18 2015
Updated February 18 2015

The makers of Sharknado 3 and swarms of B-list celebrities are in the Sunshine State this week because apparently we can't get enough of these logic-defying disaster movies about a swirling cloud of killer sharks that are so bad they're gold.

The third movie in Syfy Network's TV movie franchise is filming at Universal Orlando now through Feb. 25. A casting call went out for extras, looking for bikini girls, soldiers and park patrons. "Some running and screaming may be involved," the Project Casting post said, looking for locals, preferably union members, to work.

This third Sharknado got its order from Syfy two months before Sharknado 2, The Second One even premiered. That was set in New York City and brought in huge ratings for the network: 3.9 million viewers, which not only broke the record for any Syfy original film, but it more than doubled the audience of the first Sharknado.

It's no surprise that it is filming at Universal Orlando, since the theme park shares the same parent company as the Syfy Network. And maybe that explains why NBC's Matt Lauer and Al Roker played almost as big a role as Tara Reid in Sharknado 2.

Ian Ziering and Reid are back for the third Sharknado film, which will feature an attack on Washington, D.C., and then chomp its way down to Orlando.

Celebrity cameos were so rampant in Sharknado 2, viewers saw everyone from Airplane's Robert Hays to Subway spokesman Jared Fogel as background players.

Reid posted a picture of herself and '80s bombshell Bo Derek on set in Orlando on Monday, as did Irish pop twins John and Edward Grimes, better known as X Factor stars Jedward. Universal park patrons were tweeting sightings of TV personality Jerry Springer, who has a home in Sarasota.

"Filming just begun on #Sharknado3," Ziering posted on Twitter, "And I'm already up to my eyeballs in Shark guts."

Dear Syfy Network: While you're in Orlando, please note that Gatorland isn't far away. Gatornado vs. Sharknado. This needs to happen.