Iconic TV shows from decades gone by have become a tried and true source of inspiration for Hollywood reboots. Following the critical success of the 21 Jump Street franchise, we will soon receive another irreverent take on another beloved series: Baywatch.
Dwayne Johnson (Furious 7) and Zac Efron (Neighbors) have already been confirmed to appear in the film, but now it seems the female side of the film’s cast has begun to take shape. Today Johnson officially announced that Baywatch has brought on Alexandra Daddario (who costarred with The Rock in San Andreas) to play the female lead.
Johnson posted the announcement to his Instagram account, announcing that Daddario has officially been tapped to portray a character named Summer. The Rock didn’t elaborate too much beyond that (see his message below), but it sounds as though Daddario’s Summer may be Roberta “Summer” Quinn — previously portrayed by Nicole Eggert — from the original Baywatch TV series; either that or someone named in honor of Eggert’s original character.
IT'S OFFICIAL: Want to welcome the talented and gorgeous @alexannadaddario to the cast of #BAYWATCH for the role of "Summer". Alex is a one of kind woman (I know from experience) and can't wait for you guys to see her own the role. The female roles of #BAYWATCH have become extremely hot properties around Hollywood and as promised, the quality women we'll cast are stepping into these roles to have fun and make them iconic for the world to enjoy. The #BaywatchFamily so far consists of a tatted up bald guy named Rock, the cool, yet extremely unattractive @zacefron, 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".... #CueSlowMotionRunningDownTheBeach #WhosPuttingTanningOilOnMyBack? #GetReadyForSomeFunInTheSun #BAYWATCH
While Daddario is the first female lead to be cast in the upcoming Baywatch reboot, Johnson makes it clear in his post that she is not the only one to look out for. In addition to Daddario, he teases the upcoming announcement of an actress being brought in to take on the iconic role of C.J Parker. Fans of the original Baywatch series will recognize that name as they character portrayed by Pamela Anderson — whose slow motion running made the show an instant hit with audiences.
The casting of Daddario comes as the third major Baywatch announcement — following the casting of Johnson and Efron. Johnson’s character in the film is reported to be a by the book type, while Efron will portray a “hothead” type. Daddario and Johnson played daughter and father, respectively, in San Andreas. There’s no word yet on their characters’ relationship in Baywatch, but they could well play a daughter/father duo yet again.
Of course, Baywatch is not San Andrea; the upcoming reboot will seemingly lean much more towards raunchy comedy than straight-forward action. Efron and Johnson have proven pedigrees in comedic roles, but Daddario has spent the bulk of her fledgling career taking on more dramatic roles. Whether or not she can cut it remains to be seen, but Johnson seems to have faith in her ability to nail the role.
We’ll bring you more information on Baywatch as it becomes available.
Source: Dwayne Johnson