What, Zac Efron in a “Baywatch” remake? Apparently so.
According to THR, the 27-year-old actor is ready to strip down to his swimming trunks and hit the beach in Paramount’s “Baywatch”, the big-screen take on 90s TV series about Los Angeles County Lifeguards.
In case you didn’t follow the original series way back then, “Baywatch” was an American action drama show that starred David Hasselhoff (the one and only), which ran in its original title and format from 1989 – 1999. Although it was cancelled after its first season on NBC, it survived after it was put through a setting change and large cast overhaul, and became hugely successful – especially internationally. The show led to a spin-off: “Baywatch Nights”, and a reunion movie, “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding”.
After years of developing a film adaptation of “Baywatch”, the project seems to finally be ramping up. In recent weeks, it added “Horrible Bosses” director Seth Gordon to the bill, as well as Zac Efron and, wait for it, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 10, 2015
Word has it that the “Baywatch” film will centre on a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard (played by The Rock) who is forced to team up with a young rule-flouting hothead (played by Zac Efron) in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.
Zac Efron’s casting sets the movie up for a production start in early 2016, likely in February. The film is currently slated to be released some time in 2017. Okay, now, which female hotties will also join the cast? Who are the other male leads? Will David Hasslehoff make a special cameo? We have so many questions!
Meanwhile, here’s The Rock’s “beach ready” Baywatch body: