Priyanka Chopra might be heading to the beach. The breakout lead of Quantico is negotiating to join Baywatch, led by Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, industry sources confirm.
The star of the ABC procedural would be the latest in a torrent of casting decisions. Paramount’s big-screen remake of the ’90s TV drama last week added Kelly Rohrbach as C.J. Parker, the character originally played by Pamela Anderson. Alexandra Daddario reunited with San Andreas costar Johnson when she dove in last November.
Information on the project is under wraps, but the plot reportedly centers around an elite squad of lifeguards, led by Johnson, who must team up with a former Olympian and hothead (Efron) to protect their bay; Chopra reportedly would play the villain. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) will direct.
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Quantico marks a U.S. breakout performance for Chopra, the first South Asian woman to headline a network series; the 33-year-old is one of Bollywood’s premier stars.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.