Are you ready to see Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron running in slow motion on the beach together? If you answered yes, then you’re in luck, because the first trailer for the upcoming R-rated Baywatch movie has finally landed online. This is a very different kind of Baywatch than those who grew up watching the show in the 90s are used to, but there are still lots of women running around in swimsuits, only this time they are joined by The Rock and some NSFW comedy. So there’ll surely be a lot more cursing and possibly even some nudity.
Paramount decided to release the trailer online this week shortly after moving back the release of the Baywatch movie by a week. That decision was likely influenced by the fact that 20th Century Fox recently bumped up the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant by nearly three months to May 19, which was when Paramount originally intended to release the movie. Apparently, they figure it is better not to compete with such a huge movie on opening weekend, even though they have one of the most bankable stars in the world on their side in the form of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The plot of the R-rated Baywatch centers around a dedicated lifeguard named Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson), originally played by David Hasselhoff in the series, who winds up at odds with a cocky newcomer named Matt Brody (Zac Efron). The two are ultimately forced to work together to stop a criminal conspiracy that is threatening the beach. Kelly Rohrbach is also in the movie and will be playing the character made famous by Pamela Anderson, C.J. Parker. Alexandra Daddario is also set to star in the Baywatch movie, which will serve as her second movie with Dwayne Johnson, since they worked together on the blockbuster disaster movie San Andreas. Even though their characters are being played by other actors in the movie, both David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are set to cameo in this new Baywatch movie as well. And Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra is the villain.
Zac Efron has seen a huge change and resurgence in his career ever since he got into the rated R comedy game with Neighbors alongside Seth Rogen in 2014, which was given a sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising that was released over the summer. He also starred in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates this year, both of which turned a decent profit. Dwayne Johnson, on other hand, had yet to headline an R-rated comedy until this year when he starred in Central Intelligence opposite Kevin Hart. It turns out people just like to see Dwayne Johnson in anything that he decides to be in, because the movie made a very impressive $216 million worldwide. Paramount is likely hoping that The Rock can provide the same kind of box office boost for Baywatch.
The original Baywatch TV series initially aired in 1989, but became a global sensation in the early 90s after Pamela Anderson and Yasmine Bleeth joined the cast for the second season. The show ran until 2001 and even spawned a spinoff, Baywatch Nights, which David Hasselhoff took part in. Baywatch is being directed by Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon and is set for release on May 26, 2017. Be sure to check out the first trailer for the movie for yourself below.