What was earlier rumored has now been confirmed by Dwayne Johnson on Instagram (or as Deadline calls it, “an exclusive”): Alexandra Daddario (True Detective, countless fantasies) has been cast in the upcoming Baywatch movie. Daddario will play Summer, previously portrayed by Nicole Eggert of Charles in Charge fame, in the film, which is being directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Four Christmases, Identity Thief). Daddario recently played Johnson’s daughter in San Andreas (despite them being only 14 years apart in real life), so it would be a kind of meta-fictional incest if they hook up in Baywatch. (Would that make it hotter? Discuss.)
Sayeth The Rock:
The #BaywatchFamily so far consists of a tatted up bald guy named Rock, the cool, yet extremely unattractive Zac Efron, the talented and gorgeous Alexandra Daddario…and some big casting announcements coming soon.
And juuuuust wait til you guys see who we cast for the iconic role of “CJ Parker”….
CJ Parker is, of course, the role immortalized by Pamela Anderson in the original series. Any ideas who The Rock is teasing? He put a wide-eyed emoji in there too, as if the actress playing CJ is going to blow your minds. But honestly, they’ve already got Alexandra Daddario, so unless he shoots me with a giant syringe full of actual attraction hormones I’m not sure how the next announcement isn’t going to be anti-climactic.
For the record, the last rumored shortlist included Ashley Benson, Nina Dobrev, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca Santos and Denyse Tontz (who sounds like a word jumble). Kate Upton probably would’ve been in the mix, but she’s already starring alongside Daddario in The Layover.
With a CJ and a Summer, who’s going to be the Mitch Buchanan? Based on the reported synopsis, it doesn’t sound like there is one. David Hasselhoff can’t be taking this news well. (As of late August, Hasselhoff had “no idea” whether he’d be involved).
In the film, a hotshot former Olympian butts heads with the leader of an elite team of lifeguards. Damian Shannon & Mark Swift wrote the latest draft. (Via Deadline)
I’m assuming Johnson plays the former Olympian, but would that make Zac Efron Mitch? He’s too young to play Mitch. Zac Efron always struck me as more of a Hobie. Or maybe it’s the other way around? Is there no Mitch? Who’s going to eat hamburgers off the floor? We can’t very well have the lifeguards tripping over floorburgers while they’re trying to jiggle across the beach. That simply won’t do.
Anyway, you think they’ll bring back the storyline where the gang has to save Malibu from an escaped crocodile? I really hope so. God I loved that dumb show.