Baywatch is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, based on the 1989 series of the same name. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Jon Bass, Priyanka Chopra, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Belinda, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. Principal photography began on February 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida and Savannah, Georgia. The film will be released by Paramount Pictures on May 19, 2017. It is the second film to feature Johnson and Daddario, the first being San Andreas.
In September 2012, it was announced that Reno 911! co-creator and star Robert Ben Garant will direct the film version of Baywatch for Paramount Pictures. On October 2, 2014, Dwayne Johnson was attached to star for the lead role, Justin Malen was set to rewrite the script. On July 23, 2015, Seth Gordon was set to direct the film, which Johnson would produce Dany Garcia through Seven Bucks Productions, with The Montecito Picture Company and Beau Flynn. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft and the film would be in comedic style. On August 10, 2015, Zac Efron signed on to star in the film, and producers would be Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman along with Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. On November 9, 2015, Deadline reported that seven actresses were among the short list who would be testing for the lead female role, those included Alexandra Daddario, Ashley Benson, Nina Dobrev, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca A. Santos, and Denyse Tontz. On November 18, 2015, Johnson confirmed Daddario to play the role of Summer, a lifeguard and the love interest of Efron’s character.