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Zac Efron joins Dwayne Johnson for 'raw' Baywatch movie

Bad Neighbours

Story by Jack Foley

ZAC Efron is to unite with Dwayne Johnson for a big screen version of TV hit Baywatch.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story will follow Efron’s hotheaded young recruit as he is forced to work with a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard (Johnson) to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the most recent draft of the script, while Seth Gordon – of Horrible Bosses fame – is on board to direct.

The original TV series Baywatch was devised by David Hasselhoff in the 1990s and revolved around the lives of a group of lifeguards working on Malibu beach. It became renowned for its slow-motion running shots of its beautifully tanned bodies and made household names of Pamela Anderson and Yasmine Bleeth.

However, Efron told BBC Newsbeat that the big screen version will possibly come with an R rating in America because it will be “big, real and raw”.

Efron refused to reveal more but did admit he’d have to get into even better shape that he did for his most recent comedy hit, Bad Neighbours.

“Next year I hope I’ll be hitting the gym with The Rock,” he added. “He’s going to be bench-pressing me and lifting me up.”

Shooting is due to begin on the project in early 2016 (possibly February) and continues a busy schedule for Efron. The young actor just wrapped production on another comedy, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, along with Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, as well as Robert De Niro road trip comedy Dirty Grandpa.

At the end of August, meanwhile, Efron will reunite with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne for Bad Neighbors 2, which shoots in Atlanta. All three movies will be released in 2016.

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