Last month, Paramount handed out a May 20, 2017 release date for the long-awaited Baywatch movie, which is putting quite the cast together. Dwayne Johnson is taking over David Hoff's role of Mitch Buchannon from the original TV series, alongside Zac Efron, whose character hasn't been confirmed as of yet. Today, Dwayne Johnson took to his Instagram to welcome the latest cast member, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, who is playing the main villain. Here's what Dwayne Johnson had to say to his social media followers regarding the casting.
"She's one of the biggest stars in the world. Insanely talented, relentlessly smokin' and extremely dangerous - perfect for #Baywatch. Welcome Priyanka Chopra to our bad ass and incredibly dysfunctional family. Cue RATED R slo-mo running on the beach. We start shooting next week. World.. #WelcomeToBaywatch"
The actor's statement not only confirms that production will begin next week, but also reiterates a statement he made back in August, that this project will be R rated. Of course, studios will likely be far less hesitant to aim for an R rating now, after the massive success of Deadpool. The story follows a "by-the-book and very serious lifeguard," played by Dwayne Johnson who joins forces with a "young rule-flouting hothead" (Zac Efron) to try and save their beach from environmental destruction by an oil tycoon. While we don't have specific details about Priyanka Chopra's character yet, it seems likely she's playing the oil tycoon.
She joins a cast that includes Ilfenesh Hadera as Mitch's love interest Stef, who could be Stephanie Holden, originally played by Alexandra Paul in the TV series. Alexandra Daddario will be playing Summer Quinn, a character originally portrayed by Nicole Eggert, and Kelly Rohrbach has come aboard to play Pamela Anderson's beloved character C.J. Parker. It hasn't been revealed yet if Zac Efron is playing a character from the original series or not. It has been rumored that roles were written for both Pamela Anderson and David Hoff, but it isn't known if they will come aboard yet. While she wouldn't officially comment on the rumors back in August, Pamela Anderson said that "no one appreciates the remakes."
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. Before starring in ABC's hit first-year series Quantico, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra was considered one of the biggest stars of Bollywood, starring in hits like Krrish, Don and Love Story 2050. Take a look at the Instagram video below with both Dwayne Johnson and Priyanka Chopra