John Cleese

John Cleese is set to play the villain in an upcoming unofficial Baywatch movie starring original cast members like David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson and Alexandra Paul.

Directed by Brit Chris Bottam, The B Team doesn't own the rights to the famous 90s TV series and so won't be able to say the word Baywatch. It will however have its stars running around in red shorts and swim suits.

Baywatch's original cast NBC

The film will play on a popular fan theory in the 90s which suggested that the TV show's stars were in fact working as CIA spies while promoting their series around the world. John Cleese will play a "classic English villain" according to Alexander Paul, who spoke to The Independent about the project.

"The B Team is an action comedy with some reality thrown in. We play ourselves, so the audience might not know what is true-to-life and what is made up for the movie. And that is exactly what we want. Were we really agents for the US government during our heyday? The CIA has used famous people as spies before.

"This movie is about taking the piss out of ourselves and going behind that one dimensional image people have of actors they see on TV," she added. "We play ourselves so there are going to be assumptions the television show in question is the one we actually all were on. But no, it most definitely is not. It is not. Not. Shall I say that again?"

Paul also says that the film's inability to mention Baywatch will be a running gag in the film, with an explosion or broken vase disguising the B-word.

Between 1989 and 2001 Baywatch ran for 11 seasons with an ever-changing cast.