Step aside, Pamela Anderson.
There’s a new C.J. Parker in town!
According to Variety, model-turned-actress Kelly Rohrbach has been cast in the upcoming “Baywatch” reboot as C.J. Parker, an iconic character that was previously played by Anderson in the original cult TV series.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself took to his Instagram account to confirm Rohrbach’s casting. He also reenacted an iconic scene that regularly showed up in the original series by uploading a video of Rohrbach and himself running along the shore in slow motion.
The original “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 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”.
The “Baywatch” reboot will centre on a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard who is forced to team up with a young rule-flouting hothead in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.
Back in November 2015, it was announced that The Rock’s “San Andreas” co-star Alexandra Daddario is officially joining the cast as Summer, a character that was previously played by Nicole Eggert in the TV series. She is the love interest of the aerobicised life saver played by Zac Efron.
Rohrbach was named the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie Of The Year. Having only appeared in smaller indie films in the past, this would mark her biggest role to date. She will also star alongside Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, and Jesse Eisenberg in an upcoming untitled Woody Allen film.
Best known for his work on “Horrible Bosses” and “Identity Thief”, Seth Gordon is directing this reboot based on a script written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon. Plot details are scarce, but sources close to the project said that Paramount Pictures is taking a comedic route with the movie.
Filming will begin in February 2016 as the movie is slated for release sometime in 2017.