MIAMI BEACH — Lummus Park played to some major star-power at the outdoor world premiere of the new “Baywatch” movie.
A massive, elevated stage was constructed to present the cast to event attendees and crowds of fans that congregated on the beach. A huge screen was also set up to facilitate better viewing at the swarmed event.
The film, of course, is a comedic reboot of the skin-baring, somewhat self-important beach drama of the same name that aired primarily in the ‘90s and starred TV staple David Hasselhoff and Playboy-Playmate-turned-actress Pamela Anderson.
The movie’s entire cast was present at the Saturday night premiere in Miami Beach, which is to say: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera and Jon Bass.
The Rock stars in the Hasselhoff role and is—of course—a beloved South Florida fixture, so unsurprisingly he played the crowd perfectly. Everyone was delighted with his warm words about Miami (which, he said, he’s loved since he was 18 and playing football for the University of Miami), and he even joked that someone fainted in the crowd after the enthusiastic response he received.
The ceremony was emceed by MTV’s Josh Horowitz, who set out time to talk with all of the film’s stars. Daddario was the stand-out, stealing the show with a dazzling floor-length silver-sequined dress with black sheer lace along the bust and down the sides.
Maybe the most pleasant surprise of the premiere was the attendance of original series stars Hasselhoff and Anderson. Anderson appeared purely in a “spectator” capacity and did not speak to Horowitz or the press, but Hasselhoff was happy to chew the fat about his impressions of the film and his successor Johnson, whom he praised as being “a real guy.”
Anderson may have had no time for the press, but she did spend some a few minutes chatting with Rohrbach, who plays the rebooted version of her character, C.J. Parker.
“It’s so cool that I get to be with such an icon,” Rohrbach said of the meeting. “I grew up watching ‘Baywatch,’ so this is bizarre and crazy and great.”
Buzz for the film is undeniably positive. If it’s successful, we might be lucky enough to get a franchise that follows in the footsteps of the original series, which would mean a “Baywatch Nights” spin-off film with the Rock fighting sea monsters and vampires.