The range and versatility of the Dwayne Johnson will be put to its biggest test yet next summer when Baywatch hits theatres everywhere. Based on the 90s syndicated drama about the lives and loves of L.A. lifeguards, once renowned for being “the biggest show in the world”, Johnson will be called upon to fill the trunk space of David Hasselhoff and sell the Baywatch brand to a more cynical audience less inclined to tolerate camp and cheese. So can Johnson and Baywatch capture the spirit of the show, while selling it with big screen action and comedy, not to mention beautiful people in swimwear? Well, take a look at the trailer and see.
So it looks like this will not be a straight-up big screen adaptation of Baywatch so much as a kind of parody, almost as if director Seth Gordon is channeling the 21 Jump Street movies through Baywatch, which may not necessarily be a bad idea. Meanwhile, it looks like Johnson has found another comedic love match with Zac Efron, who seems to have made an honest attempt to achieve Rock-level buffness in order to play the Olympic swimmer turned party guy lifeguard and Baywatch’s newest recruit. And what about that plot? Oh, sorry, I though you were under the impression that you were watching a Baywatch movie? It’s about some bad stuff happening on the beach, and the only ones able to do anything about it, improbably, are the lifeguards.
Baywatch also stars Johnson’s San Andreas daughter Alexandra Daddario, Charlotte McKinney, Kelly Rohrbach, and Priyanka Chopra. Original series stars Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson will also cameo in the film. The movie will be on a big screen near you on May 19, 2017.