Earlier this month, a report surfaced that Paramount's Baywatch adaptation is eyeing actresses Alexandra Daddario, Nina Dobrev, Ashley Benson, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca A. Santos and Denyse Tontz for the female lead role. Earlier today, star Dwayne Johnson revealed on his Instagram account that Alexandra Daddario has landed the role of Summer, while teasing that the casting of C.J. Parker, originally played by Pamela Anderson in the original TV series, is coming soon. Here's what the actor had to say in a statement to his Instagram followers.
"IT'S OFFICIAL: Want to welcome the talented and gorgeous Alexandra Daddario to the cast of Baywatch for the role of "Summer". Alex is a one of kind woman (I know from experience) and can't wait for you guys to see her own the role. The female roles of Baywatch have become extremely hot properties around Hollywood and as promised, the quality women we'll cast are stepping into these roles to have fun and make them iconic for the world to enjoy. The #BaywatchFamily so far consists of a tatted up bald guy named Rock, the cool, yet extremely unattractive Zac Efron, the talented and gorgeous Alexandra Daddario...and some big casting announcements coming soon. And juuuuust wait til you guys see who we cast for the iconic role of 'CJ Parker.'"
In the original Baywatch TV series, Nicole Eggert portrayed Summer Quinn, so it seems Alexandra Daddario will be portraying that character. It hasn't been confirmed yet if Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are playing characters from the original series, but this project will reunite Dwayne Johnson with Alexandra Daddario, after they played father and daughter in this summer's blockbuster San Andreas. It isn't known when exactly these additional casting announcements will be made, but we'll keep you posted.
The story will center on Dwayne Johnson as a by-the-book lifeguard, who teams up with Zac Efron's character, a young wild card, to save their beach from the environmental destruction caused by a nefarious oil tycoon. While little else is known about the story, Dwayne Johnson teased last month that the adaptation will definitely be R rated and it is also believed to be more comedic and action-heavy than the series. Production is slated to begin in early 2016, although Paramount hasn't set a release date at this time.
Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is directing from a screenplay most recently written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th). Justin Malen (Bad Teacher 2) wrote the original draft of the script, with Dwayne Johnson also producing alongside Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman. Do you think Alexandra Daddario is the perfect choice for Baywatch's female lead? Take a look at Dwayne Johnson's Instagram post below, along with Alexandra Daddario's response on her Twitter page.
Thank you! Extremely excited. Been practicing my slow-mo run all morning. https://t.co/3E2S2SlMHM— Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) November 18, 2015