Ever since Paramount's Baywatch started filming last month, fans have been treated to a slew of set photos courtesy of stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. However, it's rare that we've seen several cast members assemble at the same time. Yesterday, Dwayne Johnson shared the latest image through his Instagram account, featuring Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Kelly Rohrbach and Jon Bass, all in full costume. Here's what Dwayne Johnson had to say about this new image.
"Exclusive first look: Our entire #Baywatch squad. Are we bad ass? Yes. Do we save lives? All day. Are we a dysfunctional family? Epically. Do we have fun? F*CK YES. We work hard, we play hard. @thejonbass @alexannadaddario @kellyrohrbach @ilfenator @zacefron #Baywatch Get ready world... MAY 19, 2017. (and yes, I'm the king of the #FargoStrut.. squared circle historians know what that means.. #OurBelovedMemphisTerritory woo!)"
Dwayne Johnson's mention of the "Fargo Strut" is in reference to a legendary wrestling strut invented by pro wrestler Jackie Fargo in the 1950s, which was later popularized by modern wrestler Ric Flair. The rest of the cast includes Priyanka Chopra, Hannibal Buress, Jack Kesy, Amin Joseph and Latina pop star Belinda, but they aren't featured in this new set photo. Production started back in February, with Paramount already setting a May 19, 2017 release date.
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. 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.
The original Baywatch series started in 1989 on NBC, but it was cancelled after just one season. The show then came back in 1991 in first-run syndication, with new stars such as Pamela Anderson and Yasmine Bleeth, and it became a massive global sensation, remaining on the air until 2001. In addition, Zac Efron sent out a slightly different image from his Twitter account, featuring all of the stars having fun on the beach. Check out these new images below, and stay tuned for more as production continues on Baywatch.