“Our goal with [Baywatch] is to bring y’all a big, fun, raunchy Rated R action comedy. But, we also go hard core with our action rescues,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a scene in which a kid fell off a pier into rough waves.
The actor noted that the cast and crew want to “pay respect to ocean lifeguards worldwide who are truly the first responders of the beach. As fun and wild as our movie is, it’s been a real eye opening experience for me playing this role. Respect.”
Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon (the role originally played by David Hasselhoff), a by-the-books lifeguard who must team up with a young hothead (Zac Efron) to stop an oil tychoon from destroying their beach. The Rock previously teased the film will be “‘this is my beach bitch’ rated R humor.”
Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Hasselhoff also feature in the film, set for release on May 19, 2017.