After reporting last week that a casting announcement for the female lead in the Baywatch movie was nearing, it has now been officially announced that Alexandra Daddario has landed the role!
Daddario will play the character of "Summer," a role originally portrayed by Nicole Eggert in the TV series. The 29-year-old actress will join Zac Efron and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the film. This is the second collaboration with Johnson for Daddario, after recently working alongside him in the disaster film San Andreas which was released earlier this year.
Johnson was obviously elated about the news of reuniting with his former on-screen daughter, and took to Instagram to post the following message and photo:
IT'S OFFICIAL: Want to welcome the talented and gorgeous @alexannadaddario to the cast of #BAYWATCH for the role of "Summer". Alex is a one of kind woman (I know from experience) and can't wait for you guys to see her own the role.
The female roles of #BAYWATCH have become extremely hot properties around Hollywood and as promised, the quality women we'll cast are stepping into these roles to have fun and make them iconic for the world to enjoy.
The #BaywatchFamily so far consists of a tatted up bald guy named Rock, the cool, yet extremely unattractive @zacefron, the talented and gorgeous Alexandra Daddario...and some big casting announcements coming soon.
And juuuuust wait til you guys see who we cast for the iconic role of "CJ Parker".... #CueSlowMotionRunningDownTheBeach #WhosPuttingTanningOilOnMyBack? #OrMyFront #BAYWATCH
To which Daddario jokingly replied:
But as Johnson mentioned in his caption, with Daddario cast in the role as Summer, there is still the role of CJ Parker, the blonde bombshell of the TV series, yet to be announced. CJ was famously played by Pamela Anderson for five years, and is one of the most iconic characters of the series.
Daddario was up for the role of Summer alongside Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men Apocalypse), Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf), Bianca Santos (The Duff) and Denyse Tontz (Big Time Rush), so there's a strong possibility one of them could land the coveted role, which will no doubt be announced as soon as the film moves into production.