Dwayne Johnson has become such a huge star that it may be hard to keep up with every single thing he has in production. But anyone who follows him on any form of social media has probably noticed he's been working on the new Baywatch movie. As of today, production has wrapped on the rated R comedy. The Rock officially announced the news first to his social media followers, with the TV adaptation due in theaters May 19, 2017. Dwayne Johnson seemed enthusiastic, saying this.
"That's an official wrap! We had a blast pushing the rated R envelope on this one. See ya next summer! #BAYWATCH."
In addition to the announcement that production on the film has wrapped, the studio also released the first official image, courtesy of EW, featuring the movie's primary cast in the style of a postcard, which is kindly reminding fans that they will "see you next summer." Johnson is being joined by Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach and Alexandra Daddario, the later of which also worked with Johnson on San Andreas. Though Johnson and Efron have both been releasing photos of the cast and of the set on their social media accounts throughout the production, this is the first official image that Paramount has released from the film.
The plot of the film will center around a dedicated lifeguard named Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) who winds up at odds with a cocky newcomer named Matt Brody (Efron), but the two are ultimately forced to work together to stop a criminal conspiracy that is threatening the beach. Not only has the team behind the film stacked it with ripe, young talent to add to the charisma and appeal that Johnson brings with him, but the producers have also secured a couple of cameos from classic Baywatch actors in Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. It is a little unclear as of yet if this film will be a complete reboot or take into account the history of the show and have Anderson and Hasselhoff reprise their roles from the original series. But since The Rock is playing a charcter named Mitch, and Kelly Rohrbach is playing CJ, we think its safe to say that this is a straight redo.
Efron has seen a huge change and resurgence in his career ever since he got into the rated R comedy game with Neighbors alongside Seth Rogen in 2014, which will see a sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising hitting theaters this weekend. Johnson on the other hand has done some comedy in the past, but has yet to headline an rated R comedy on his own. He will be teaming up with Kevin Hart for the action comedy Central Intelligence this summer, so we'll see if audiences respond to The Rock in that context before Baywatch washed up in theaters next year. Either way, Johnson is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet right now, so anything with his name attached tends to get a big boost, which is why he has come to be known as "franchise Viagra" in Hollywood.
The original Baywatch became a global sensation in the early 90s after Anderson and Yasmine Bleeth joined the cast for the second season. The show ran until 2001 and even spawned a spin off, Baywatch Nights, that Hasselhoff took part in. The Baywatch movie is being directed by Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon and is set for release summer of next year. Are you excited to see Efron and Johnson in a rated R comedy together?