Fans who have waited more than a decade for a Mitch Buchannon to run down the beach shirtless are now getting 2 of them at once. But which is which?

Meet your 2 Mitches. Mitch Buchannon is the name of David Hasselhoff’s character on “Baywatch”, the popular TV show which ran from 1989 – 2001. Mitch Buchannon is also the name of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character on “Baywatch”, the upcoming 2017 movie. Yeah, this is confusing but try to keep up.

3 weeks ago, Johnson confirmed that Hasselhoff has come on board for the reboot version of the classic ’90s lifeguard drama series. It still remains unclear who Hasselhoff will be playing since The Rock has taken over the Mitch Buchannon role. But here’s what we do know: it involves the actor wearing his famous red swim trunks.

Here’s what Johnson had to say about The Hoff on his Instagram page: “In the 80s he drove the coolest car on the planet. In the 90s he dominated slo-mo running on the beach with the most successful TV show of all time. And today he’s simply still the f’n man. Phenomenal day on set with my brotha – the OG himself David Hasselhoff – the man who started it all. Great dude with a great sense of humour. AND he trained his ass off for our movie.”

Judging from the photos taken on the set, it seems that Hasselhoff will be taking on duties of a lifeguard in “Baywatch”. Regardless of who he’s playing, The Hoff will be joining Zac Efron as Matt Brody, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, model Kelly Rohrbach as C.J. Parker (originally played by Pamela Anderson), and Ilfenesh Hadera (as Mitch’s love interest, Stephanie Holden) on the big screen.


Set as an R-rated raunch-fest, the Seth Gordon-directed movie will centre on Mitch, a no-nonsense lifeguard, who has to work together with a “young rule-flouting hothead” in order to save their beloved beach from environmental destruction by an unscrupulous oil billionaire .

Meanwhile, here’s Efron getting a 101 lesson from The Hoff. It probably involves guidance on some quality slow-mo beach running while throwing seductive glances to swoon girls.

“Baywatch” is slated for release on 19th May 2017.

Sources: Movie Web, Collider.

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