Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More First Reviews For 'Terminator Genisys' Suggest Franchise Didn't Need To Say "I'll Be Back" First Reviews For 'Terminator Genisys' Suggest Franchise Didn't Need To Say "I'll Be Back" Kit Harington & Dakota Fanning Replace Robert Pattinson & Mia Wasikowska In 'Brimstone' Kit Harington & Dakota Fanning Replace Robert Pattinson & Mia Wasikowska In 'Brimstone' The Essentials: The 5 Best Colin Farrell Perfomances The Essentials: The 5 Best Colin Farrell Perfomances The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Bill Hader Reportedly Taking Over David Hasselhoff's Swimwear In New 'Baywatch' Movie

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist January 22, 2013 at 4:38PM

We're still a little puzzled that Bill Hader isn't a bigger star. The actor's consistently been a highlight of "Saturday Night Live" since he joined the show in 2005, and has stolen the show in films including "Hot Rod," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Tropic Thunder," "Adventureland" and "Superbad," but has never broken out to become a lead, at least in live-action (he voiced the lead in the excellent 2009 animation "Cloudy With Chance Of Meatballs," and has both "Cloudy 2" and DreamWorks' "Me And My Shadow" on the way).
3
Bill Hader, Baywatch

We're still a little puzzled that Bill Hader isn't a bigger star. The actor's consistently been a highlight of "Saturday Night Live" since he joined the show in 2005, and has stolen the show in films including "Hot Rod," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Tropic Thunder," "Adventureland" and "Superbad," but has never broken out to become a lead, at least in live-action (he voiced the lead in the excellent 2009 animation "Cloudy With Chance Of Meatballs," and has both "Cloudy 2" and DreamWorks' "Me And My Shadow" on the way).

But off the back of a long-overdue Emmy nomination for SNL, it looks like Hader's finally getting a lead, and in almost the strangest context you can imagine -- taking on the lead in the "Baywatch" movie. The film's been in the works for a while over at Paramount, but looks to finally be moving forward with "Reno 911" co-creator, and "Night At The Museum" co-writer Robert Ben Garant directing, and Garant told The Wrap today that Hader is on board to play Hasselhoff's character Mitch Buchannon (a part that the studio were once looking at Justin Timberlake for). However, Hader's rep denied the news to The Wrap as well, so it's either too early or nothing is finalized. Or both.

Garant ,who with co-writer Thomas Lennon debuted their feature "Hell Baby" at Sundance this year, told the site that the plot involves the lifeguards discovering a meth lab on an oil rig, that Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson will cameo, and that he's already shot a trailer for the film. We never flipped for "Reno 911," and word on "Hell Baby" is pretty bad, but with Hader potentially involved (who's doing more and more and more film work, with "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby," and another lead, opposite Kristen Wiig in "The Skeleton Twins"), we're a little more interested than we otherwise would be. Hopefully it's more "MacGruber" Than "MacHale's Navy." Filming starts in April, so we reckon we should see it in theaters in the first half of 2014.

This article is related to: Bill Hader, Baywatch


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates