Eric Roberts Will Star in a TV Movie Called ‘Sharktopus’

At least Roger Corman is directing. Project hits Syfy later this year

Last Updated: March 11, 2010 @ 10:20 AM

He’s been nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe, but now Eric Roberts’ filmography will be complete: He’s starring in the Roger Corman telepic "Sharktopus" for Syfy.

The cable network announced the casting Thursday. Roberts will play a research scientist who, along with his daughter, develops 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," Syfy promises.

"Sharktopus" will premiere later this year.

Roberts snagged Globe noms for "King of the Gypsies" and "Star 80"; Oscar came a-knockin’ in 1985 for "Runaway Train."

More recently, the actor was in "The Dark Knight" and starred in the ABC sitcom "Less than Perfect."