Bollywood star and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra has joined the cast of Paramount's upcoming big-screen adaptation of the iconic television series Baywatch. The project will mark Chopra's debut on cinema screens in a Hollywood movie and will see her act alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
Whilst the two male leads have been linked to the project since early last year it's taking them a little while to find their female co-stars. In November 2015, Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, American Horror Story) was the first to be added to the roster, set to play Summer Quinn, Nicole Eggert's character in the original TV series. Just last week (5 January), Sports Illustrated model Kelly Rohrbach was cast in the role that Pamela Anderson made famous in the 1990s, that of CJ Parker. Chopra, best known in the US for her work on ABC show Quantico, is the third actress to come aboard the project.
Seth Gordon, a well-versed comedy director after his work on Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, will helm the self-confessed "big, fun and R-Rated" picture, which will centre around an accomplished former Olympian (presumably Johnson) who squabbles with the leader of a cocky but superior team of lifeguards. Reluctantly, the unlikely pair find themselves teaming up in order to save the beach from environmental destruction at the hands of a ruthless oil tycoon.
Friday The 13th's Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the last draft of the script the film-makers will be working with. Beau Flynn (San Andreas) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) will be producing alongside Johnson's company, Seven Bucks Productions. The movie is slated to begin shooting in early 2016, with no official release date yet. However, rumours have suggested the studio is hoping for a summer 2017 unveiling.
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