Zac Efron is in talks to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the long-planned Baywatch movie.
Seth Gordon, director of Horrible Bosses and The Identity Thief, is attached to direct the film, which will follow a strait-laced veteran lifeguard, played by Johnson, as he teams up with an unruly newbie, potentially played by Efron, to save their beach from environmental ruin by an oil tycoon.
Shooting on the movie is due to start in February of next year, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Johnson confirmed on Instagram last October that he is attached to star in a big screen remake of the classic lifeguard TV series. “This is my beach bitch!” Rumors are true… we’re making #BAYWATCH the movie,” he wrote at the time. “Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beach… #WhoNeedsMouthToMouth #RedShortsBeHugginABrotha”
Gordon came on board in July and is expected to deliver a more obviously comedic take on Baywatch than the TV series, which was often spoofed but mostly played it straight.
Baywatch originally ran for 242 episodes between 1989 and 2001. During its heyday, the show became known for its slow-motion shots of Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff running across the beach in eye-catching red swimwear. A film version has been in the works for several years and Hasselhoff, an executive producer on the TV show, has said in the past he is keen to be involved.