‘Quantico’s’ Priyanka Chopra makes splash in ‘Baywatch’ with Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron

International superstar and Miss World 2000 winner Priyanka Chopra (ABC’s Quantico) makes her American film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Baywatch, in Philippine cinemas May 31, 2017.

The new Baywatch team (led by Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron) is put to the test when a dangerous new drug begins washing up on the shores of Emerald Bay. The timing coincides with the opening of The Huntley Club, a high end beach resort owned by the villainess Victoria Leeds (Chopra).

“I don’t think a lot of people understand what a ginormous hit Baywatch was in India,” Chopra says. “I’m still a huge fan, so when I read the script I was concerned about what they’d do to my favorite characters… but I couldn’t stop laughing. I’m thrilled to be playing the antagonist, because it’s a completely new character and I could be whatever I wanted to be.”

Initially, the film’s villain had been written for a man, but the filmmakers agreed Chopra’s casting could bring a new dynamic to the character.

“If you put a strong guy up against Dwayne Johnson in the film, you know that guy is going to lose,” director Seth Gordon reasons. “But Priyanka brings a certain savvy-ness and sophistication to Victoria that Mitch Buchannon hasn’t reckoned with in an opponent.”

Victoria proves to be Mitch’s opposite in every way. “Mitch is an earnest public servant; Victoria is patronizing, super rich and purely evil. He’s never out of uniform, she wears couture designer clothes and finds the beach disgusting. As an actor, to be able to play evil is always interesting. You’re able to do all the things that you can’t do in real life,” Chopra explains.

Chopra balanced a grueling shooting schedule, splitting time between Baywatch’s Florida and Georgia location shoots and Quantico’s New York set.

“Literally, every day of mine was committed to either Baywatch or Quantico,” Chopra remembers. “But I’m grateful it worked out, because I really wanted to do this and was a hundred percent sure it wouldn’t happen. I’m grateful they had enough confidence in me to be able to do both.”

As the owner of The Huntley Club, Leeds seeks to acquire and close Emerald Bay’s mom & pop shops to expand her operation, bringing her into direct conflict with Mitch and the Baywatch team.

“There’s only one Emerald Bay,” says Johnson. “It may just be a strip of sand, but it means everything to this team. They’ll do anything to protect it.”

In September 2015, Priyanka made her American TV acting debut as Alex Parrish on ABC’s hit drama Quantico, making history as the first Indian actor to star as the lead of a TV drama series.

Quantico is currently in its second season and has been licensed in 212 territories (excluding the U.S. and Canada), across 54 languages. In January 2016, Priyanka won a People’s Choice Award for her role in Quantico in the category of “Favorite Actress in a New Television Series,” again making history as the first Indian actress to win a People’s Choice Award; in April 2016 she was featured on the cover of TIME magazine’s coveted TIME 100 issue, as one of the Most Influential People in the world; and in 2017 she won her second People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Actress in a TV Drama.”

Baywatch is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins on making the superhero film

Best known for her Oscar-winning debut feature “Monster,” director Patty Jenkins now brings to the screen one of the greatest Super Heroes of all time, known the world over as “Wonder Woman.”

A revered and enduring DC archetype and a global symbol of strength and equality for more than 75 years—how and when did she come to be, and why did mankind’s welfare become so important to her?

Jenkins’ larger-than-life hero’s journey, “Wonder Woman” tells the long-awaited origin story of Diana (Gal Gadot), the only child of Themyscira, a secret island gifted to her people from the king of the gods himself, Zeus. Hailing from the world of Amazons, Diana has been preparing for combat her whole life. But to become a true warrior, she will need to carry the courage of her convictions—and an arsenal like no other—onto the most harrowing battlefield the world has ever known.

“The time is absolutely right to bring Wonder Woman to movie audiences,” says Jenkins. “Fans have been waiting a long time for this, but I believe people outside the fandom are ready for a Wonder Woman movie, too. Superheroes have played a role in many people’s lives; it’s that fantasy of ‘What would it be like if I was that powerful and that great, and I could go on that exciting journey and do heroic things?’ I’m no different. I was seven years old when I first read Superman, and it rocked my world because I felt like Superman. The character captured exactly what I believed in then and still do: that there is a part of every human being that wishes they could change the world for the better.”

Then came Wonder Woman. “I watched the TV show, and she was everything a girl could aspire to be: strong and kind, exciting and stylish, powerful and effective, and just as fierce as the boys. She’s a badass, and at the same time she stands for love, forgiveness and benevolence in a complicated world. I feel so honored to be making a movie about a Super Hero who stands for such important values.”

The film’s screenwriter, Allan Heinberg, wrote the Wonder Woman comic for DC in 2006 and 2007 and was thrilled to be part of the film. He states, “Wonder Woman has been my all-time favorite Super Hero since I was a first-grader watching ‘Super Friends’ on Saturday mornings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To have had any part at all in bringing her story to the screen—and to have done so alongside a creative team that includes Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns—is a lifelong dream come true.”

“Every superhero has his or her strong points,” Jenkins contends, “but I think the greatest thing about Wonder Woman is how good and kind and loving she is. Yet none of that negates her power; it enhances it!”

Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, June 1, 2017, “Wonder Woman” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.