Dwayne Johnson will play Hawaiian King Kamehameha in The King. A role that is a long time coming and dream role for the high-earning actor.
Warner Bros and New Line won an auction for The King, a movie in which Dwayne Johnson will play Hawaiian king Kamehameha.
Kamehameha is the legendary king who was the first to unite the warring Hawaiian islands. In doing so it fulfilled the prophecy that surrounded his fabled life since birth. He took control of Hawaii’s destiny. As well as 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.
Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a film that could be compared to Braveheart, and only partly because King is based on a spec written by that film’s screenwriter, Randall Wallace. Seven Bucks Productions’ Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are producing with FlynnPictureCo’s Beau Flynn, Zemeckis and Wallace.
Several studios bid on the package, but a big reason for the outcome was the comfort level built with New Line and Warner Bros execs Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Carolyn Blackwood and Blair Rich on San Andreas. The plan is to shoot the film in 2020, and the auction was conducted while Johnson and his team are in Atlanta where they are shooting Jungle Cruise for Disney.
Outside of obvious reasons, this role is a dream role for Johnson who has expressed multiple times throughout his career that he wanted to play Kamehameha. According to deadline what really moved Johnson to secure this role was made during the filming of ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ that took place in Hawaii.
Last year, the road to The King really took shape in Hawaii, when a Hawaiian Kahu (priest) held a ceremony and blessed the project, Johnson, Wallace and Garcia.