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The Rock Celebrates Baywatch‘s First Day of Filming Because That’s Still Apparently Happening

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron celebrated the end of Baywatch‘s first day of filming with a set of very appropriate Instagram photos. We’ve known about the beach lifeguard flick for some time now, what with The Rock being announced as its lead way back in 2014. While a lot of us (read: me) thought something like this might not actually happen, these photos prove otherwise. Pictured above are The Rock and Efron, who play Mitch Buchannon and Matt Brody, respectively. I can’t even with these names, people. I just have to slow clap it out, here. The Rock described the scene pictured, writing on Instagram:

My character ‘Mitch Buchannon’ just gave @zacefron’s character ‘Matt Brody’ the all important beach speech about what it means to have manly ‘Alpha balls.’ Zac’s ad-libbed responses were brilliant! Talented and great dude. World get ready to have some fun, ’cause the beach will never be the same again.

Then he used the ever appropriate hashtag, “#NowWhoNeedsMouthToMouth”. I think I’m going to because if the comedy talent behind this movie actually pull this thing off, then I’m going to be dying of laughter. Efron also celebrated the day with his own photo, this time of him and The Rock in a speedboat against a green-screen backdrop. They kept the aviators, because, well, of course they did.

The more I read about this movie, the more I expect that it’ll have to be super tongue-in-cheek. Like, it just has to be, right? It’s got The Rock and Efron, as you can see, plus Priyanka Chopra, Hannibal Buress, Alexandra Daddario, and Kelly Rohrbach. Chopra plays an oil tycoon who wants to take over the bay that The Rock and Efron watch over, so it’s up to them and their team of lifeguards to stop her. Yeah. I know, right?

The movie’s slated to open May 19th, 2017. Will you be checking it out?

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Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.