Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are ready to hit the beach again.
Following the release of Baywatch in theaters for Memorial Day weekend, the producers behind the film have revealed plans for a sequel—and the whole lifeguard team is (likely) coming back for another wild ride.
Screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are returning, and they already have an idea for the follow-up, producer Beau Flynn told Variety at a screening of the tentpole blockbuster action-comedy.
“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn said. “We’re bringing back (the writers) of the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”
Johnson and Efron topline a strong supporting Baywatch cast, including stunning swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach, comedian Jon Bass, Billions actress Ilfenesh Hadera, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, True Detective actress Alexandra Daddario, and upcoming Aquaman villain Yahya Abdul-Mateen.
The first film follows Baywatch Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) and his lifeguard team—Stephanie (Hadera) and CJ (Rohrbach)—as they keep watch on the Emerald City beach. New recruits Summer (Daddario), Ronnie (Bass), and Olympic bad-boy swimmer Matt Brody (Efron) join the squad and go up against nefarious club owner Victoria Leeds (Chopra), linking her to the drugs and dead bodies that keep washing up on the beach.
As he noted in one of his best Saturday Night Live skits from his five hosting gigs, Johnson is “movie franchise Viagra,” and it looks like he has another one on his hands. Johnson is already set to team up with Jason Statham for a Fast & Furious spinoff. He’s also set to return for San Andreas 2 (likely alongside Daddario, who played his character’s daughter in the 2015 disaster flick original) sometime after he finishes filming Rampage, so he’ll have time to prepare for another day at the beach with Efron and company down the line.
Both Daddario and Rohrbach—who both have some hilarious and memorable moments of their own in the film—sounded enthusiastic about continuing the cinematic franchise reboot.
“Yes! I would love to (be back),” Daddario told Variety. “I think it’s very cool to be part of a franchise, and I think it helps get other work. It’s fun. You get to travel the world and work with these amazing people, and you get to make people laugh, so I’m completely down for it.”
Rohrbach was just as effusive: “Of course, I couldn’t have asked for a better cast on my first film,” she told Variety. “These guys are awesome. They’re hilarious, they’re loving, they’re generous. We really were a family, and I think that comes through on the screen, as well.”
Baywatch, directed by Seth Gordon, is in theaters now.
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