‘Baywatch’ with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron Starts Filming

Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson
Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson (Photos © Richard Chavez)

Paramount Pictures confirmed Baywatch, the long-awaited film based on the popular TV series, has actually officially begun shooting. Dwayne Johnson, who must have cloned himself to tackle yet another project, is starring in the film version of Baywatch which is set to shoot in Savannah and Miami. Zac Efron, soon to be seen in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, co-stars.

The film reunites Johnson with his San Andreas co-star Alexandra Daddario. The cast also includes Quantico‘s Priyanka Chopra, The Newsroom‘s Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Billions‘ Ilfenesh Hadera, and Neighbors‘ Hannibal Buress. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) directs the film and Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, and Barry Schwartz wrote the most recent screenplay. Baywatch creators Michael Berk, Doug Schwartz, and Greg Bonnan are involved as producers, along with Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman. Michele Berk, Louise Rosner, Tom Pollock, and Ali Bell executive produce.

The series ran from 1989 to 2001 and starred David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, and Alexandra Paul. Paramount Pictures is planning to release the film in theaters on May 19, 2017.

The Baywatch Plot: Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.