Who's tough enough to take on a Sharktopus? Eric Roberts!

The Sharktopus has met its match! Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts will star in the new Syfy Saturday Original Movie Sharktopus, produced by cult movie legend (and recipient of an Honorary 2010 Oscar) Roger Corman.

Sharktopus (scheduled to premiere later in 2010) is about a research scientist (Roberts) and his daughter, who develop a secret military weapon—a hybrid shark/octopus that can be controlled by electrical implants. But when the controls break down, the monster goes on a killing rampage at the resort beaches of Mexico.

Roberts received Golden Globe nominations for his starring roles in King of the Gypsies (1978) and Star 80 (1983), and was nominated for the 1985 Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in the film Runaway Train. Roberts also appeared in The Dark Knight as Sal Maroni, the Gotham City Mafia boss who hires the Joker to killer Batman.

On television, Roberts co-starred in the ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect and made guest appearances on Heroes, CSI: Miami, Law & Order: SVU and The L Word.

Roger Corman is the legendary director and producer of numerous low-budget cult classics, among them It Conquered the World, Little Shop of Horrors, House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, The Wild Angels and The Trip.

Sharktopus is produced by Roger Corman and Julie Corman and directed by Declan O'Brien (Wrong Turn 3, Cyclops, Monster Ark, Rock Monster).

Wonder what Craig Ferguson will have to say about this?

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