The most bankable actor on the planet right now, Dwayne Johnson has been lined up to play the Hawaiin King, Kamehameha in Warner Bros picture, King.
Welcome to Marwen director, Robert Zemeckis is set to direct the film from a script by Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace with the pair producing alongside Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia.
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.
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It has been Johnson’s dream to play the role of Kamehameha ever since he hit the acting circuit back with The Scorpion King. However, it took many years for Johnson to hone his skills and finally be ready to take on the legendary King. The decision came during the filming of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle that took place in Hawaii. Having made his impact it was the right time to use his star quality in order to sell the idea to the studios, with Warner Bros and New Line snapping it up.
Filming is due to begin in 2020 on the film which is being slated as a visceral historical epic.