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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Will Star in Upcoming Baywatch Movie

Almost a year ago, Miami homeboy Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson dropped a hint on Instagram that he would star in a movie reboot of classic camp television show Baywatch. "This is my beach bitch!" Rumors are true... we're making #BAYWATCH the movie. Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo-mo running on the beach... #WhoNeedsMouthToMouth #RedShortsBeHugginABrotha," the Ballers star wrote on his Instagram. The original show — part unintentional comedy, part drama — starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson as bomb-defusing, fearless California lifeguards.


After Johnson's announcement, the project seemed to fall off the radar, issues of funding and casting seemed to stall the project. But now the Baywatch reboot is definitely on, and its cast continues to expand. Now, teen heartthrob Zac Efron has joined the cast. "It's BIG," Johnson tweeted yesterday. "Me and bud @ZacEfron been talkin' about this one for a long time. And someone get my baby oil. #RatedR"

We volunteer as tribute to run and get your baby oil.

It's rumored that Johnson will take over David Hasselhoff's role though nothing has been confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the script is a "by-the-book and very serious lifeguard (Johnson) who is forced to team up with a young rule-flouting hothead (Efron) in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon." That sounds deliciously bad.
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Miami New Times staff