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Sharknado 2 unleashes sharks on NYC

The Sharknado sequel will be a "whole different story" to the original, star Kari Wuhrer has said.

Syfy's sequel to last summer's campy classic - titled Sharknado 2: The Second One - will take a bite out of New York City this time around, when a freak weather system unleashes sharks on the populace and famous sites.

"It's a whole different story, not just sharks ripping through flesh," Kari said at NBC's summer TV presentation. "New York is a character in the movie, the weather is a character in the movie."

Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return from the original film, which attracted nearly 1.37 million viewers. They are joined by Vivica A Fox and Mark McGrath, along with Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch and Perez Hilton.

30 Rock star Judah revealed he was a fan of the original movie and approached the network directly to get a role in the follow-up.

"This to me is the most important film ever made about climate change," he joked, noting that it features "some of the top shark actors in the world".

The original film was a trending topic on Twitter, generating nearly 5,000 tweets a minute at its peak.

"It's unpretentious, it's fun and you can turn it on at any point and instantly be entertained," Judah said. "It's very communal even though people aren't watching at a theatre."

The film was shot over the same 18-day schedule as the original, with a slightly larger budget. It features more than 500 visual effects shots.

"We're trying to perfect the tornado on this one even more because we're trying to make it a character," said director Anthony Ferrante.

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