Mitch challenges Brody on a course of the former's choosing, but a drowning woman and her kids interrupt the challenge and they rush to save her. Parker was confirmed by Johnson's post. In March 2016, joined the cast as Ellerbee, a police officer who is constantly reminding Mitch that he has no real authority over the bay. Thorpe is subsequently arrested for his role in Leeds' plan. Mitch, Brody, and Summer later infiltrate the city morgue, where they record two of Leeds' men planting a falsified autopsy report to cover up the fact that Rodriguez was murdered on her orders. On January 20, 2016, Johnson again posted on his Instagram about casting as Johnson's love interest. During one of his morning patrols, Mitch discovers a small pouch of drug washed up near the Huntley Club, which is now under the ownership of Indian businesswoman Victoria Leeds, who has been secretly bribing city councilman Rodriguez and others in efforts to increase her stake in the bay.
Summer and Ronnie both pass the trials, but Brody refuses to participate, insisting his Olympic status and recommendation letter entitles him to have a place on the team. On Location Vacations March 30, 2016. In December 2016, Paramount pushed the release date back one week to May 26, 2017, to avoid competition with. Having made over 500 rescues in his career, Mitch is beloved by the community, to the annoyance of local beat cop Garner Ellerbee and Mitch's superior, Captain Thorpe. On October 2, 2014, was attached to star in the lead role, and Justin Malen was set to rewrite the script. In April 2017, the film was moved one day earlier, to avoid direct competition with. The occupants are evacuated, except for the deceased councilman Rodriguez.
The plot follows lifeguard and his team, who in an effort to save their beach have to take down a drug lord. That's Baywatch in a nutshell. Written by , the film stars , , , , and. . Thorpe arrives and begins to berate Mitch for returning to the beach. On August 10, 2015, signed on to star in the film, and and joined to produce with Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions. Archived from on May 7, 2016.
Ronnie, upon recognizing the victim as his friend Dave, helps Brody hack into Leeds' servers, revealing her plan to privatize the entire beach by systematically buying out or eliminating every competing business owner. Ellerbee arrives and takes Leeds' henchmen into custody, apologizing to Mitch for doubting him. The team infiltrates a private party on Leeds' personal yacht, discovering how she's been using the hull to smuggle the drugs. Ellerbee disapproves of Mitch's further investigative actions. In July 2015, was replaced by as director.
On November 9, 2015, reported that seven actresses were among the short list testing for the lead female role, , , , , , , and. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft, and the film would be comedic in style. The role was originally written for a male. After finding another pouch of flakka on the beach, Brody steals the second victim's report from Ellerbee and brings it to Summer, who confirms his suspicion that the man was murdered. Baywatch received five nominations at the , including and for Efron. Writing for , praised the cast while acknowledging his dislike for the film.
Brody is captured and placed in a bait cage to be drowned, and a gloating Leeds reveals that she bribed the corrupt Thorpe to set Mitch up so he could justify firing him before pushing the cage into the water. On January 4, 2016, 's casting as C. Convinced that Leeds is running drugs out of the Huntley, Mitch and Brody go undercover and sneak into the club kitchen, where they witness her workers retrieving the drugs from barrels of fish and processing them. On February 17, 2016, signed on to star as the antagonist in the film. Angered, Thorpe threatens to fire Mitch if he oversteps his authority again. Just as they run out, a wounded Mitch, having intentionally stung himself with a to boost his adrenaline, uses a to blow Leeds up, saving Brody once again. Mitch and the gang attend a party held by Leeds to look for more evidence but without much luck as Brody makes a fool of himself getting drunk.
It feels great chugging it down, then your stomach hurts, your head aches and you puke the whole thing up so you can forget about it in the morning. When a private yacht catches fire, Brody disobeys orders and dives directly under the flames, causing Holden and C. On November 18, 2015, Johnson confirmed Daddario would play Summer, a lifeguard, and the love interest of Efron's character. Mitch learns Brody has to perform community service as part of an unspecified plea deal, and that Thorpe insists rehabilitating Brody's image is necessary to convince the city not to further cut Baywatch's funding. The film was shot in and. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the screenplay, while the final list of producers were Johnson along with his partner Dany Garcia, through their Seven Bucks Productions, as well as Flynn, Reitman, , , and.
Brody accepts the job reluctantly, and Mitch takes a job as a cellphone salesman. The two catch up to Leeds, while Ronnie and C. Unfortunately, they are discovered, and though Mitch manages to subdue and capture one of them, the recording is destroyed and Ellerbee is forced to release their suspect on a lack of evidence. Dwayne Johnson responded to critics' reviews on Twitter, saying the film was made for fans, who he said loved it. They contact Ellerbee, only to learn that another body has been found on the beach. In late March 2016, filming started in , Georgia. Thorpe, enraged that Mitch essentially deserted his post, fires him and names Brody as the new lieutenant.
On February 12, 2016, joined the cast of the film to play a bay community local. Mitch, having been reinstated, formally inducts Summer, Ronnie, and Brody into Baywatch and introduces them to their new captain, Casey Jean. Filming wrapped on May 18, 2016. At the tryouts for prospective lifeguards, three people stand out: surfer Summer Quinn, an old friend of Holden; , a chubby computer nerd with a mutual crush on C. Archived from on February 18, 2017. On January 27, 2016, was cast in the film to play Ronnie, a funny, awkward, and skilled disco dancer at the beach, who falls in love with Parker.