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‘Baywatch’ Stars: Then and Now (Photos)

Variety logo Variety 12/8/2016 Lawrence Yee

The sun has risen again on “Baywatch.”

The television series, which ran first on NBC in 1989 and then in syndication from 1991 to 2001, is returning next summer as a full-length feature film. A trailer for the film dropped today.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will play lifeguard captain Mitch Buchannon, a role originated by David Hasselhoff.

Zac Efron portrays Olympic-swimmer-turned-bad-boy Matt Brody (an amalgamation of David Charvet and David Chokachi’s characters), while Kelly Rohrbach will splash down as C.J. Parker (famously played by Pamela Anderson).

The “Baywatch” TV series resurrected the career of ’80s action star Hasselhoff, and made Anderson an international sex symbol.

After moving to syndication, “Baywatch” was touted as “the most popular show in the world” with a reported audience of 1 billion viewers.

The show’s popularity spawned “Baywatch Nights” — a beach-based crime show featuring Hasselhoff, and “Baywatch Hawaii,” where a young Jason Momoa played an aspiring lifeguard.

A few “Baywatch” stars have found fame after the show — they are often cast on “celebrity” reality shows — and some, like Momoa, have reached superstardom.

To see what they looked liked during the show and look like now, click here or on the “Baywatch” stars: then and now gallery below.

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