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Pamela Anderson joins Baywatch movie

Baywatch

Story by Jack Foley

PAMELA Anderson has joined the cast of Dwayne Johnson’s Baywatch movie.

The star, who became a household name playing CJ Parker in the original show, was announced as part of the cast via another post on Johnson’s Instagram.

Posing for a photo with the actress, Johnson wrote: “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”

The casting of Anderson marks a major U-turn for the star, who only last month came out to declare that she had little interest in appearing in the movie, even expressing disdain for remakes of TV shows.

In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, Anderson said: “They called me and asked me to be in it, but I haven’t decided yet. I don’t like remakes of TV shows and I kind of want to leave it as is and be remembered for that. I don’t know if I want to go on Baywatch and be, like, the old lady working at a counter somewhere.”

However, the new film isn’t intended to be a straight revival of the TV show, or even a parody. If anything, it’s a comedy that is being billed – by Johnson – as “edgy, raunchy and hopefully funny as all hell”.

It also stars swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach as CJ Parker, as well as Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra. Original series creator and leading cast member David Hasselhoff has also confirmed he will be making an appearance.

Anderson’s last big screen appearance was in the 2008 spoof Superhero Movie.

It now remains to be seen whether another of the show’s former stars, Carmen Electra, will also be given the chance to cameo in the film. She has, unlike Anderson, expressed a willingness to appear.

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