The big-screen's Mitch Buchannon reveals plenty about the upcoming lifeguard movie through social media.
Baywatch, the film reboot slated for May 2017, has relied heavily on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Instagram feed to get its news out to clamoring fans.
And no wonder — with 49.9 million followers on Instagram alone (10.1 million on Twitter), Johnson's social media following is powerful and his messages are immediate. He's announced casting decisions through Instagram photos and revealed behind-the-scenes shots for the past nine weeks while he, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Hannibal Buress work to turn the beloved TV series (that ran from 1989-2001) into a summer blockbuster.
Here are the most exciting bits of news that The Rock, who will be taking over David Hasselhoff's role of lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, has floated to fans while filming the Baywatch reboot.
David Hasselhoff himself (the original Mitch Buchannon) is back, and Johnson's Instagram account was the one to break the news. In a post that called Hasselhoff "simply Still the f'n man," the Baywatch star welcomes back The Hoff, who "in the 90's he dominated slo-mo running on the beach with the most successful TV show of all time." Johnson will play Buchannon in the reboot out next May.
In the 80's he drove the coolest car on the planet. In the 90's he dominated slo-mo running on the beach with the most successful TV show of all time. And today he's simply Still the f'n man. Phenomenal day on set with my brotha - the OG himself @DavidHasselhoff - the man who started it all. Great dude with a great sense of humor. AND he trained his ass off for our movie. #RockAndHoff #OnSet #RetroCool #AndSomeTattooedBaldMan #BAYWATCH MAY 2017.
Even Zac Efron finds Baywatch's lifeguard obstacle course a little tough.
In an earlier post, Johnson explained that the course was "inspired by American Ninja Warrior meets World's Strongest Man. Idea that you will be physically and mentally tested to the limits, all while staying focused and being as calm as possible in extremely stressful situations."
In later posts, Johnson lays out his competition with Efron, who plays his fellow lifeguard Matt Brody, a role played by David Charvet in the TV series. The two lifeguards never seemed to settle their competitive streak.
#BAYWATCH lifeguards are the fireman of the beach. I did 100 (over hand & wide grip) pull ups and @zacefron did 99. Valiant effort from the kid, but the OG pulled thru. For now, until he dusts me in the speed round. Us #BAYWATCH lifeguards take our jobs extremely serious and we're the best of the best. We're also slightly f*cked up and dysfunctional. #IGot99Problems #ButPullUpsAintOne #OnSet #BaywatchGauntlet #BAYWATCH MAY 2017.
On April 22, he posted a photo with Baywatch's original CJ Parker (Pamela Anderson), announcing she will join Johnson in the big-screen squad. In the post, he said "She introduced the world to 'CJ Parker' and became one of the most iconic characters of a generation - for the most successful TV show of all time. A pleasure to welcome (as gorgeous as ever) Pamela Anderson to our #BAYWATCH cast."
She introduced the world to "CJ Parker" and became one of the most iconic characters of a generation - for the most successful TV show of all time. A pleasure to welcome (as gorgeous as ever) Pamela Anderson to our #BAYWATCH cast. We couldn't have made this movie without you. Welcome home. Thrilled you had a blast with us! #BAYWATCH MAY 19, 2017. #PamAnderson #OS #OriginalSmokestack
According to an Instagram post thanking the area's residents and officers, Baywatch was filmed largely at Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton in South Florida, which will be known as Emerald Bay in the film.
To the Boca and Deerfield Beach residents, Police & Fire Departments, city officials and all involved in our #BAYWATCH production - THANK YOU for all our support. Between the crazy ocean stunts and our cast running around in our Avenger's lifeguard uniforms , we appreciate all you guys being so cool and excited! ESPECIALLY THE FANS. Let's continue to have a kick ass shoot. Get ready world... 'cause our awesome and dysfunctional beach is your awesome and dysfunctional beach... #BAYWATCH #EmeraldBay SUMMER 2017.
Alexandra Daddario, who plays Johnson's daughter in the action film San Andreas, will work with him again as his coworker in Baywatch. "I was so impressed by her chops and presence every day," said his post, "that I had to have her 'rep the squad' in our film." She plays the role Summer Quinn, originally portrayed by Nicole Eggert in the TV series.
She takes #BAYWATCH to another level.. World fell in love with @alexannadaddario in #SanAndreas and I was so impressed by her chops and presence every day, that I had to have her "rep the squad" in our film. Just wait til you see her - and all our girls - kick ass and protect the bay. #GameOver #BaywatchBabes #CoverYourEyesBoys #BAYWATCH MAY 2017.
The damsels in distress for this version of Baywatch have global clout. He posted a photo introducing Mexican pop star Belinda, Brazilian model Izabel Goulart and American actress/model Charlotte McKinney as three of the beachgoers in need of rescue in the Baywatch film.
When making a movie based off of the biggest TV show in the world, you wind up saving lives from all over the globe Reppin' Mexico: Belinda @belindapop. Reppin' Brazil: Izabel Goulart @iza_goulart. Reppin' the good ol' USA Charlotte McKinney @charlottemckinney. Now in real life these ladies never need saving. They're bad ass, keep their game strong and super cool to work with. Buuuuuuuut in our movie, their "characters" need saving and... well... there's only one man for the job... not Batman, definitely not Superman, not those Avengers But the one and only big, brown, bald, tattooed guy who drives a jet ski on the ocean and a pick up truck on the land. Tough job my friends, but hell, somebody's gotta do it. #OnSet #GlobalSaves #BAYWATCH MAY 19, 2017 (ok, maybe my boy Chris Pratt @prattprattpratt has the ability to save these lives, but that's it. No one else. F*ck those other
Johnson posted a shot of a coffee table book of concept art, posters and exclusive looks from the Baywatch film, which was created as part of its marketing materials even before the film finished shooting. In his post, he called the reboot "the #Avengers of the beach (minus all the cool super powers and flying around sh*t)."
We're over a year away from our movie's release with still 4 weeks left of shooting, but the Paramount Studios global marketing strategy has already begun. Just went thru this coffee table book sized concept art for billboards, posters, digital etc. I like the overall concepts and think you guys will too. Some cool, bad ass and funny stuff! We're the #Avengers of the beach (minus all the cool super powers and flying around sh*t) mixed with enough rated R raunch comedy that'll make one of my boyhood heroes, Richard Pryor very proud. #BAYWATCH MAY 19, 2017. I put the laptop in the shot to make it look intellectual.