Dwayne Johnson to play Hawaiian King Kamehameha in Robert Zemeckis' 'The King'
Ever since Dwayne Johnson started his career in Hollywood he wanted to play the role of King Kamehameha and now he finally signed on the film slated to begin filming in 2020
This may sound familiar but it's new. Dwayne Johnson is set to play the Hawaiian King Kamehameha I in Warner Bros.' epic 'The King,' in what will be a dream come true for the star.
Adding another film to his long set of projects, Johnson will play Kamehameha on a script from Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Kamehameha is known as the founder and first ruler of the kingdom of Hawaii, uniting the warring islands. 'The King' is described as a sweeping historical epic based on the true-life story of Kamehameha, who fulfilled the prophecy that surrounded his fabled life since birth.
Deadline reports that Kamehameha "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."
Warner Bros. won a bidding war for the film between Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Caroline Blackwood and Blair Rich with New Line. The filming is expected to begin production in 2020. Meanwhile, Johnson is at work with Disney on their 'Jungle Cruise' film slated for release in 2019.
Johnson will produce 'The King' via his Seven Bucks Productions, along with his regulars Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. FlynnPictureCo’s Beau Flynn, Zemeckis and Wallace will also produce. Johnson, who is of Polynesian descent, has been hoping to make a movie about Kamehameha for the better of the past two decades. Last year, a Hawaiian Kahu, a priest, held a ceremony blessing the project, Johnson, Wallace and Garcia in Hawaii.
Zemeckis, who is best known for his 'Back to the Future' films, will soon be in theatres with Universal's Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell and Leslie Mann.
Deadline also further reports that; "to say this is important to Johnson is an understatement," because ever since his Scorpion King days when he was transitioning into acting, he dreamt of playing Kamehameha. Years later, he stated the same dream in the Playboy Interview in Prague.