Billions actress Ilfenesh Hadera willÂ join the cast of the upcoming Baywatch movie
According to The Rockâs latest Instagram missive,Â Ilfenesh Hadera (âBillions,â Chi-raq, âShow Me a Heroâ) will playÂ Dwayne Johnsonâs love interest in the upcoming Baywatch movie. She joins a cast that also includesÂ Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach.Â Priyanka Chopra (âQuanticoâ) was also previously reported to be in talks for a role.
EXCLUSIVE: Casting my #BAYWATCH love interest wasnât easy (extremely tough job but hey Iâm one of the producers;) but we finally found her. For our coveted role of âSTEFâ, she had to be a lot of things: Strong, intelligent, formidable, beautiful and funny. Want to welcome the talented @ilfenator Ilfenesh Hadera to our #BAYWATCH family. Sheâs a 5â11 walkinâ smokestack with legs for days. Smart and tougher than new rope.. just the way we like âem. And seeing as sheâs playing my love interest â my strong calloused hands are the ONLY HANDS allowed to rub suntan oil on her soft supple skin. You hear that Efron? Step out of line Zac and sheâll knock your unattractive candy ass into next week. Mine too. Our dope cast is coming together nicely with a few more big announcements/cool surprises along the way. Letâs have some rated R fun.. We are the keepers of âThe Bayâ. We areâŚ #BAYWATCH. #SandSquadUpInThisBitch
As a television series, âBaywatchâ premiered on NBC in 1989 with a cast that included David Hasselhoff, Parker Stevenson, Shawn Weatherly, Billy Warlock, Erika Eleniak, Peter Phelps, Brandon Call and Holly Gagnier. The series was initially not a success and was cancelled after a single season. Plans were made, however, to move âBaywatchâ into first run syndication and, in 1991, âBaywatchâ returned to the airwaves where it continued for a full decade, bringing in new cast members like Yasmine Bleeth and Pamela Anderson. The show also received a short-lived spinoff, âBaywatch Hawaii.â
âThis is my beach bitch!âÂ Johnson wrote when he first announced his connection to the film in 2013. âRumors are trueâŚ weâre making #BAYWATCH the movie. Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beachâŚ #WhoNeedsMouthToMouth #RedShortsBeHugginABrothaâ
Although several writers have been attached to theÂ BaywatchÂ movie, the most recent draft hails from the Friday the 13th pair ofÂ Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.Â EarlierÂ reports suggested that the film will offer a comedy-heavy take that hasÂ little to do with the original series. PartsÂ wereÂ reportedly written, however, for both Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff to reprise their roles. Whether or not that remains the plan is, at the moment, unconfirmed.Â
Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is helming the new film, which is being produced byÂ Dwayne Jonson alongside Michael Berk, Greg Bonann, Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia, Ivan Reitman and Douglas Schwartz.
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