Unfortunately for long time fans of “The Hoff,” it seems David Hasselhoff will not reprise his old role of lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the new “Baywatch” film, instead he’ll have a cameo playing himself.
Hollywood.com reports that the star of the hit TV show has long wanted to revive the franchise with a film, and now it seems that his goal is coming to fruition.
“I’ve just met the guy writing the film. I’m going to play myself,” Hasselhoff said in the report. “We’re trying to make it a very cool updated version.”
The International Business Times reports that the audience of “Baywatch,” which aired for 11 seasons, is still desired by advertisers, and could therefore do better than other remakes like “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
IBT also noted rumors about Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber being talked to about possible roles, but no such rumors are swirling yet about the most famous ladies to don the red swimsuits — Pamela Anderson (C.J. Parker) and Carmen Electra (Lani McKenzie).
Timberlake’s rumored role is as a disgraced former Olympic swimmer, presumably turned lifeguard.
Fans of David Hasselhoff need not worry that it would completely reboot the franchise though, as Bieber’s rumored role would be that of Hobie Buchannon, the son of Hasselhoff’s former character.
Past rumors had suggested Hasselhoff’s role would have been that of a “father figure,” leaving the door open to his playing Mitch, but it was not to be.
The show ran from 1989 until 2001, with the final two seasons known as “Baywatch Hawaii.” It also spawned a short-lived spinoff cop-drama-turned-sci-fi show called “Baywatch Nights.”
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