Regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender or creed, everyone in the world loves two things: watching Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in movies, and seeing Zac Efron without his shirt on. If the universe is a kind and benevolent place, soon we might get to witness both at the same time in one glorious film. Plus, lifeguards!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Efron is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson in a new comedy inspired by the iconic "Baywatch" TV series. Guess they'd better change the title to "BAE-watch," eh? Ehhhh?
Anyway, Johnson, who signed with the film all the way back in October, will reportedly play a "by-the-book and very serious lifeguard." To save his beach from a potential environmental disaster, he must team up with "a young rule-flouting hothead" (who would be played by Zefron, obvs) and stop an evil oil tycoon. "Horrible Bosses" Director Seth Gordon was also recently added to the project, which is set to begin production in early 2016 with a script by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.
While "Baywatch" ran for a solid twelve years (from 1989 to 2001) under the guidance of stars like David Hasslehoff and Pamela Anderson, the movie doesn't seem like it will be directly inspired by their characters. But you can bet it'll share some iconic traits with the original show -- like red swim shorts, cheesy music, and lots of slow-motion running.
So one question remains -- who are they going to cast as the Pamela Anderson-type this time around?
[Update] It's official, now! Earlier today, The Rock himself tweeted out the news about Zac Efron, welcoming him to the "Baywatch" team: