Zac Efron to Join Dwayne Johnson in 'Baywatch'

Zac Efron may break out the red swimsuit to join Dwayne Johnson in Paramount Pictures' "Baywatch."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the star of "We Are Your Friends" is in negotiations for director Seth Gordon's update of the long-running lifeguard drama.

Characterized as an action-comedy int he vein of "21 Jump Street," "Baywatch" centers on a by-the-book lifeguard (Johnson) who’s forced to team with a rule-breaking hothead (Efron) to save their beach from an oil tycoon.

More than a dozen writers have taken a crack at the script during the project's long development, with Damian Shannon and Mark Swift penning the most recent draft. Production is expected to start in early 2016.

Airing from 1989 to 2001, first on NBC and then in syndication, “Baywatch” was a starring vehicle for David Hasselhoff, and propelled the careers of Pamela Anderson, Nicole Eggert, David Chokachi, Yasmine Bleeth and Jason Momoa, among others.

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