Bill Hader Rumored for Baywatch Movie; Actor's Rep Denies Report
Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader is rumored to be in early talks for the lead in a Baywatch big screen movie that would reboot the television franchise for Paramount Pictures. He will be taking on the David Hasselhoff role if he accepts the part. That's exciting news, except, shortly after this story broke, Collider reached out to the actor's rep, who said that this casting announcement was false. They went onto explain that the script isn't even finished yet.
Director Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!), under the same representation as Bill Hader, countered that by saying a deal hasn't been officially signed yet. But he did confirm that Bill Hader will, indeed play the lead lifeguard, if a deal can be finalized. This may be a case of casting news breaking too early, so consider Bill Hader in the running, but he is not yet officially signed, which means talks may break down and he may not come aboard.
We reported in September that Robert Ben Garant had signed on to direct, at which time he revealed that this theatrical version is "not based on the show in any way, though there are a couple of winks at the show."
With that being said, it seems unlikely that the character currently being eyed by Bill Hader will be named Mitch Buchannon, the role David Hasselhoff originated on the Baywatch TV series, which had a very successful run in syndication from 1989 to 2001.
The story centers on a group of lifeguards working on the Malibu coast who explore an oil rig that turns out to be a meth lab. The comedy will be similar in tone to Robert Ben Garant's Reno 911!, taking a "faux serious tone" to a silly subject. Jeremy Garelick and Peter Tolan have written drafts of the script. Robert Ben Garant also said that they have even shot a trailer for the movie, even though the script isn't complete.
"They're so excited they made us shoot a trailer and the script isn't even done."
Does this teaser trailer feature Bill Hader? That was neither confirmed or denied.
Production is scheduled to begin in April.