The Rock's Baywatch Movie Just Found the Perfect Actress To Play Summer

There is likely nobody in Hollywood busier than The Rock these days. With a successful HBO series and more movies in development than anybody, it is difficult to see how the man has time to get them all done. One of his more... eclectic projects is his plan to bring Baywatch to the big screen. It’s already been announced that Rock and Zac Efron would be co-starring in the film together. That’s nice, but to be fair, David Hasselhoff had little to do with the success of the original series. The series became a global phenomenon because girls in swimsuits requires no translation. That’s ok, however as the first of the film’s female lifeguards was just announced by The Rock himself.

A photo posted by on

Posted on Instagram, Rocky has named Alexandra Daddario as the first woman in the film. She’ll be playing the role of Summer. While the original series saw a rotating cast of lifeguards through it’s 11 season syndicated run, there was a Summer on the original series as well. Summer Quinn was portrayed by Nicole Eggert between 1992 and 1996. We’re likely to get another piece of casting news soon as The Rock also teases that the role of C.J. Parker has also been cast. C.J. Parker was the role that made Pamela Anderson a household name in the 1990s. Well, that and the sex tape. We already knew that Anderson was far from excited by the remake idea. We can guess she’s not going to care too much for the fact that her role will be in the movie at all.

The casting of Alexandra Daddario appears to be a case of Rock keeping things "all in the family," as her last major screen role was as his daughter in this past summer’s San Andreas. She also played Annabeth in the two Percy Jackson fantasy films. She's certainly a lovely woman, so we fully expect that she’ll be nice to look at running in slow motion. We honestly wish there was more to say, as Daddario is a great actress, but until we know more about the film itself, we really don’t know what any of the characters will be doing. The series was pretty one dimensional. We don't feel bad making the joke, though. Daddario has the sense of humor to be willing to make it herself.

See more

Summer is actually the first named role that has been announced, and knowing that both the Summer and C.J. roles are based on characters from the series tells us something that we didn’t know before. Because the series had such a rotating cast, few of the roles became particularly noteworthy on their own. The series was much more about the sum of its parts. Now it certainly appears that all the characters will be based on their television counterparts. This makes it likely that The Rock will be playing the role of Mitch Buchanan, as made famous by David Hasselhoff, the only actor to be in the entire series. Your guess is as good as mine as to who Zac Efron will be. Were there other guys on that show?

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.