The actor played the role of Mitch Buchanan in the landmark 90s TV show
David Hasselhoff will return to his post as the slow jogging lifeguard/night-time sleuth in the forthcoming Baywatch spin off movie, pulling back on the iconic red board shorts he wore in more than 220 episodes of the 1990s show.
The Hoff now joins the eclectic cast for the 2017 feature film, which will be headline by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Zac Efron, True Detective actress Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, and if reports are to be believed, retired Irish MMA fighter Cathal Pendred.
The casting announcement was made by The Rock on his Instagram, where a video of the former wrestler FaceTiming the Hoff was published early this morning. The Rock welcomed the Hoff, writing:
“’I WAS BORN READY!’ Pleasure to officially welcome the original #BAYWATCH gangsta himself David Hasselhoff to our movie. #BAYWATCH is the most successful TV show of all time and from the day we announced we were turning it into a movie, "The Hoff" has been our greatest supporter. Especially once he knew our RATED R movie was going to be a combination of AVENGERS meets ANCHORMAN.”
“Hoff’s a cool dude who’s down to have fun and here’s the best part,” Johnson said, “He’s been training his ass off and gotten into the best shape he’s been in in years! (cue slo-mo running and glistening chest hair... wait, why the f*ck am I even thinking about Hoff’s chest hair!?) World get ready.”
Baywatch is set for worldwide release in May 2017, helmed by Identity Thief and King of King director Seth Gordon.