Everyone’s favorite action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is about to get serious. According to a new report from Deadline, the wrestler-turned-actor will play King Kamehameha in director Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming film, The King.
The film was just acquired by Warner Bros. and New Line in a bidding war, which had both Johnson and Zemeckis attached in their respective duties. But there’s one other cool aspect to the film. It is being made from a spec script written by Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace. As of this writing, the film is set to shoot in 2020 — so a solid two or so years away.
Here’s what Deadline had to say about the real-life figure King Kamehameha:
“Kamehameha is the legendary king who was the first to unite the warring Hawaiian islands, which fulfilled the prophecy that surrounded his fabled life since birth. He took control of Hawaii’s destiny, and gave the islanders leverage in advancing the culture in trading with the foreign ships from Europe that began showing up on the shores of islands that must have seemed like paradise, albeit a sometimes dangerous one as explorers like Simon Metcalfe and Captain James Cook discovered before Kamehameha forcibly unified the islands.”
In another cool bit of trivia, the writer of the Deadline piece recalled way back during the production of The Mummy Returns, Johnson stated his dream role was that of King Kamehameha. Looks like all dreams CAN come true!
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