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Zac Efron joins Dwayne Johnson in the Seth Gordon directed Baywatch movie

08.10.2015
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Looks like the upcoming BAYWATCH movie is aiming to challenge MAGIC MIKE XXL for the most abs in a single studio film as Zac Efron joins Dwayne Johnson in the action-comedy from HORRIBLE BOSSES director Seth Gordon. BAYWATCH, which is being billed as in the vein of the 21 JUMP STREET films, has been in development for years with multiple actors added and leaving the project. With Dwayne Johnson's franchise Viagra added to the marquee, BAYWATCH is finally gaining some momentum.

Here's the synopsis for BAYWATCH which was scripted by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. There is no word on whether new revisions will be made to the screenplay.

The story centers on 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.

Zac Efron has done quite a bit to separate himself from being typecast as the guy from the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL movies. He did his fair share of teen films and Nicholas Sparks-style romantic dramas before moving into indie fare like THE PAPERBOY and the upcoming WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS. Efron showed some great comedic timing opposite Seth Rogen in NEIGHBORS and will return for the sequel next year. He also was pretty good in the comedy THAT AWKWARD MOMENT. Both Efron and Johnson are just the right balance of drama and comedy that BAYWATCH may actually be worth watching.

BAYWATCH is set to be released in 2017.

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12:23AM on 08/12/2015
you say Zac Effron and the Rock, and i think of the Johnny Quest movie that never was. but this sounds fun. at least, it sounds fun to make. if i was a young Hollywood actor, i'd jump on this movie immediately. i'm expecting a lot of hot extras. in bikinis. everywhere.
you say Zac Effron and the Rock, and i think of the Johnny Quest movie that never was. but this sounds fun. at least, it sounds fun to make. if i was a young Hollywood actor, i'd jump on this movie immediately. i'm expecting a lot of hot extras. in bikinis. everywhere.
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8:47PM on 08/10/2015

Two good looking shirtless men ain't enough.

Gotta add Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt to the proceedings.

As far as the female side goes, gotta have Hayley Atwell there to give us the collaboration with the Rock he wants to have with her. Also, we need Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton and Alison Brie just because...
Gotta add Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt to the proceedings.

As far as the female side goes, gotta have Hayley Atwell there to give us the collaboration with the Rock he wants to have with her. Also, we need Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton and Alison Brie just because...
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6:49PM on 08/10/2015
Why is part of me so intrigued by this movie? Maybe it's because it's aiming to go towards the same route as 21 Jump Street & those movies are great.
Why is part of me so intrigued by this movie? Maybe it's because it's aiming to go towards the same route as 21 Jump Street & those movies are great.
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5:07PM on 08/10/2015

It's all in the execution

The synopsis looks like it plays to both Johnson and Efron's strengths, but I'll wait until the trailer to see how this goes. Baywatch is ripe for some serious parody, though.
The synopsis looks like it plays to both Johnson and Efron's strengths, but I'll wait until the trailer to see how this goes. Baywatch is ripe for some serious parody, though.
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4:41PM on 08/10/2015
So do we know yet is this a sequel style movie like the 21 Jump Street series or is the Rock playing David Hasselhof's rold?
So do we know yet is this a sequel style movie like the 21 Jump Street series or is the Rock playing David Hasselhof's rold?
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4:37PM on 08/10/2015

Oil tycoon bad guy

Shades of Chris Cooper in the Muppets.
Shades of Chris Cooper in the Muppets.
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11:01PM on 08/10/2015
Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. MANIACAL LAUGH!!!!
Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. MANIACAL LAUGH!!!!
9:53AM on 08/11/2015
Yes, please.
Yes, please.
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