The Baywatch movie cast is still growing, and at long last, the well-known role of CJ Parker has been filled. Played by Pamela Anderson in the TV version, the character will now be portrayed by model-slash-actress Kelly Rohrbach. The news was announced Monday by one of the film’s stars, Dwayne Johnson, who posted an Instagram video of himself and Rohrbach in costume and character (sort of), writing that it was a pleasure to welcome her to the Baywatch family.
Rohrbach’s acting credits so far include appearances on CBS’ Two and a Half Men, TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles, and NBC’s The New Normal. Additionally, she played the female lead on The CW’s P.E.T. Squad Files and is set to appear in an upcoming untitled Woody Allen project. She is also known for being named 2015’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Year.
Johnson shared an Instagram video of Rohrbach practicing the show’s iconic slow-motion run, with him adding a little test to see how “tough” she is. Given that she got the part, she must have passed his test.
In joining the cast, Rohrbach will star alongside Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario. The plot of the film has remained under wraps, but sources indicate the film will lean toward comedy, according to Variety. The Baywatch movie will be directed by Seth Gordon, with Michael Berk, Douglas Schwarts, and Greg Bonnan serving as executive producers. Johnson and Dany Garcia are producing through Seven Buck Productions, alongside Beau Flynn and Montecito Pictures.
The Baywatch movie is expected to begin production early this year.