Hannibal Buress Joining Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron in 'Baywatch' (Exclusive)

Hannibal Burress

Seth Gordon is in the director’s chair.

Comedian Hannibal Buress is in final negotiations to join Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in Baywatch, Paramount’s big-screen version of the 1990s television series about California lifeguards

The movie, with Seth Gordon in the director’s chair, centers on the leader of an elite group of lifeguards (Johnson) who is forced to team up with a young hotshot former Olympian (Efron) in order to save the beloved bay.

The cast already includes Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach as members of the slow-motion running lifeguard team.

Buress will play one of the locals in the bay community. 

The movie begins shooting Feb. 22.

Buress, who has appeared on shows such as Broad City, is known to many as being the spark for the current Bill Cosby sexual assault scandal when he called the man a "rapist" during an comedy act. The act prompted a re-examination of Cosby's past behavior.

The comedian recently shot an appearance opposite James Franco and Seth Rogen in New Line’s The Disaster Artist and does voice work in Illuminations and Universal’s upcoming animated film The Secret Life of Pets. He was also seen in Paramount's surprise hit comedy Daddy’s Home.

He is repped by WME, 3Arts and Hansen Jacobson.

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