David Hasselhoff confirms role in ‘Baywatch’ movie

Actor confirms he will play himself in the upcoming big-screen remake of 'Baywatch'

David Hasselhoff has confirmed that he will make an appearance in the upcoming Baywatch movie.

However, the iconic actor – who turned 60 yesterday (July 17) – will not be reprising his role as lifeguard Mitch Buchannon from the original TV series. He told Metro: “I’ve just met the guy writing the film. I’m going to play myself.”

Hasselhoff confirmed that Buchannon and other roles from the classic TV series will be recast in order to ensure that the film feels contemporary. He added: “There will be certain people in the movie for the original parts and we’re trying to make it a very cool, updated version.”

Last month (June), it was reported that Justin Timberlake was being lined up for the Baywatch movie, which has been in development since 2004. At one point, it was rumoured that Jessica Simpson was being tapped to star, while Justin Bieber has recently been linked to the project.

As well as starring in Baywatch, Hasselhoff served as executive producer on the show about LA lifeguards, which ran for 242 episodes from 1989 to 2001. The show became known for its slow motion shots of the cast – which also included Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra – running across the beach in eye-catching red swimwear.