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Zac Efron wants to film Baywatch 2 in Oz

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Zac Efron attends the Australian premiere of Baywatch in Sydney, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Photo Credit: Joel Carrett

If Zac Efron has his way, the next Baywatch movie will be shot in Australia.

The Hollywood star walked the red carpet in Sydney for the Australian premiere of the TV-to-film remake of the infamous lifeguard show on Thursday.

But having spent time on Bondi Beach with his co-star, True Detective's Alexandra Daddario, he said he was actually going to petition to shoot the next Baywatch movie Down Under.

"I think the (possibilities) are immense. I think we could do a lot here. I mean the beaches are beautiful, Australia is becoming a very popular place to film. I know Australia itself just kind of has that feeling of that Baywatch vibe," Efron told AAP.

"We don't know exactly where it is but we can find it here in Australia. I would love to swim in these waters and not where we were in Georgia. So I'd give anything to switch to here. It has my vote so I'm going to petition for it for sure," he said.

Daddario was also keen on the idea having spent time already filming in Australia for the movie San Andreas.

"I love Australia and it's all about tax credits to be honest. It's sort of boring but if that works out then, yes, I'd love to. Can you think of a more perfect place to shoot a Baywatch movie? This is the land of beaches and surfing," she said at the Australian premiere.

Interestingly, neither actor watched the original TV series which finished 18 years ago.

Not only would they have been a bit young, Efron's family didn't have a TV.

"I don't think you could call me a fan, I think I was born a year too late and we didn't get a TV until I was 7 or 8," he said.

"We had VHS but we didn't have TV but we did get that fuzzy channel every once in a while that showed Pamela Anderson running in slow motion and that impacted me very very deeply," he added.

While Daddario may not have seen the original series, she seemed to grasp its ethos.

"You will expect boobs and abs and hot people and you will expect to laugh," she said.

Efron and Daddario play members of the Los Angeles County Lifeguards squad and love interests in the big-screen version.

Efron's part, Matt Brody, was made famous in the show by David Charvet while Daddario plays Summer Quinn, the character played on TV by Nicole Eggert.

Efron's character is a former Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer who joins the lifeguard squad, headed up by Dwayne Johnson's Mitch Buchannon, a part made famous in the TV series by David Hasselhoff.

*Baywatch opens in Australian cinemas on June 1

© AAP 2017

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