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Baywatch teaser trailer: Fans of the original series are not happy

The Independent logo The Independent 9/12/2016 Jacob Stolworthy
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The film version of Baywatch has been in production for a year now so a trailer was undoubtedly going to spring up sooner or later.

Over the past 24 hours, two teasers have dropped previewing what to expect from the upcoming film - and there are no surprises in the producers' chosen direction.

The first teaser, previewed by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, shows his character - the one made famous by David Hasselhoff in the 90s series - emerging dramatically from the ocean.

Teaser number two sees female lead character Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario) accuse Zac Efron's lifeguard of staring at her breasts. "You should look at my face," she tells him. "I'm trying," he replies, "but it's so close to your boobs."

Reaction to the trailer has been mixed with fans of the original Baywatch series seeming anguished that the film looks to err on the side of 21 Jump Street-style comedy.

YouTube user TheIsh1988 commented: "So it's a comedy... #sad," whileCrazyMunky84 put things more bluntly, stating: "They might as well just give them the Razzie now."

It wasn't all negative, however. RAPTUREArmy guiltily admitted to enjoying the teaser, writing; "I shouldn't have laughed at that."

Several other users noted that Friends characters Joey and Chandler - keen Baywatch fans in the well-loved sitcom - would be looking forward to the film.

Both the Hoff and Pamela Anderson are confirmed to appear in the reboot that comes from director by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses).

The film will be released in the US on 19 May 2017 with a UK release date yet to be announced.

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