Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made a name for himself as an action star going back to his days with the WWE and more recently for his roles in movies like “Fast & Furious.” Johnson and co-star Zac Efron are looking to bring this tough approach to the upcoming “Baywatch” film.
During an interview on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Tuesday, Efron said the “Baywatch” film is going to be “badass” while keeping the integrity of the original TV show. “I think we're finding that combo, because we want to make it badass because that's what Dwayne wants and he's so cool,” Efron said.
He also added he'll have to keep up with Johnson, who Efron, 27, thinks is the coolest guy in the world. Johnson, 43, recently broke the news on Twitter about Efron joining the cast. He also said the film will have an R rating.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 10, 2015
The Hollywood Reporter said Johnson will play a serious, by-the-book lifeguard who is forced to team up with Efron, a young, rule-flouting hothead, in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") will direct. The current incarnation of the script is by “Friday the 13th” writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.
Efron told Meyers he has vague memories of the original “Baywatch” show, but does remember star Pamela Anderson and sort of remembers lead David Hasselhoff. Meyers joked it won't be like “Game of Thrones” and fans probably won't be mad if the new movie steers away from the original.
“Baywatch” ran from 1989-2001 and starred Hasselhoff, Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Carmen Electra and David Chokachi, among an ever-changing cast. The show was an international hit and featured a lot of slow-motion beach running, which will most likely make its way into the movie.
Efron will next appear in "We Are Your Friends," which hits theaters Aug. 28. Watch his interview with Seth Meyers below: