Paramount Pictures is ready to dive in with its long-gestating movie transfer of the global hit TV series Baywatch. It already set Seth Gordon to direct and Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron to play the male leads. Now, they’ve set a short list of actresses who will test for the female lead. Here are the names I hear: Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Percy Jackson), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars, Elvis & Nixon), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men Apocalypse), Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf), Bianca Santos (The Duff) and Denyse Tontz (Big Time Rush).
Now, it’s possible they will expand the search, and it’s also possible some of these young actresses will play other roles in the film, but we’ll know soon as they lock in for an early 2016 production start.
With his good looks and chiseled abs, it's hard to feel sorry for Zac Efron.
So when Seth Rogen needs an on-screen comedic punching bag, he knows he can get away with taking Efron down a notch.
"We tend to be mean to Zac," Rogen tells Haute Living magazine with a chuckle. "No one is sympathetic to Zac Efron. He's so handsome."
The former High School Musical star was the butt of some slapstick comedy when he costarred with Rogen in Neighbors in 2014. He'll get similar treatment in the sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, due out this spring.
"All comedy comes from making him experience pain in some way – that's what we've found out," Rogen jokes of Efron.