Adapting a popular TV show into a feature film is not a new trend. Often times, producers and filmmakers will look to the small screen for inspiration, such as the success of 21 Jump Street and its sequel. With nostalgia for everything from the ’90s in vogue with today’s pop culture, it’s no surprise that another TV show from 20 years ago will soon be seen at a movie theater near you.
It was only a matter of time, but an updated movie version of Baywatch is in the works at Paramount Pictures. The series was one of the most popular TV shows during the ’90s, bringing in a large number of viewers worldwide. Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson are already cast to play unspecified roles in the new movie, as production is set for early 2016. It appears as though the production might have a few names kicking around for one of its main female roles.
As reported on Deadline, Paramount seems to have a shortlist of young actresses for its female lead. While the role is unspecified, it’s likely the actress will be wearing a red one-piece bathing suit for the film’s running time. Here are the names that appear on the outlet’s shortlist: Alexandra Daddario, Ashley Benson, Nina Dobrev, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca Santos, and Denyse Tontz.
Dobrev might be the most well-known actress on the shortlist, as she starred on the wildly popular Vampire Diaries on The CW. Benson appears on ABC Family/Freeform, as one of the leads on Pretty Little Liars. She also appeared as one of the bikini-clad criminals in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers in 2012. Hennig and Tontz are TV stars, as they currently appear on Teen Wolf on MTV and Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, respectively.
It would be interesting if Daddario got the unspecified role, as it would reunite her with Johnson, her San Andreas co-star. Daddario also appeared in the pair of Percy Jackson movies, as well as True Detective season 1. Shipp saw some success a few months ago with the release of Straight Outta Compton. She played Kimberly Woodruff (Ice Cube’s wife) in the gangsta rap biopic. Shipp will also appear as Storm in next summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which will likely be another surefire hit for the 24-year-old actress. Santos, meanwhile, appeared in last year’s horror film from Hasbro, Ouija, and this year’s underrated teen movie, The Duff.
While there are no plot details available for the new Baywatch movie, Dwayne Johnson called it “edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as hell.” With Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) set to direct, it’s likely that it will be a tongue-in-cheek version of the popular Southern California lifeguard drama.
Screen Rant will bring you more information on Baywatch as it becomes available. Stay tuned!