Dwayne Johnson (Moana, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) has been cast in Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s The King, according to Deadline. The studios have picked up the film based on a spec script written by Braveheart‘s Randall Wallace. Robert Zemeckis is set to direct The King, in which Johnson will play Hawaii’s King Kamehameha. Seven Bucks Production’s Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will produce with Beau Flynn, Zemeckis and Wallace from FlynnPictureCo.
King Kamehameha was the king who first united the Hawaiian islands and his life is layered with myth. He lived from the early 1700s (the date is unclear) and died on either May 8 or May 14, 1819. There was a prophecy around his birth and his unification of Hawaii gave them more power when trading with the ships that were appearing from Europe.
The King is set to shoot in 2020. Johnson has always been vocal about his love of his Hawaiian home and family. He recently voiced the role of Maui in Disney’s Moana, which was set in Hawaii. According to the site, Johnson has been speaking about playing Kamehameha for many years. It also states that he made the decision to try for the role during Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle while filming in Hawaii. His production company approached Wallace who wrote the spec, which they then took to zemeckis. The project was reportedly blessed by a Hawaiian Kahu (priest), who did so with Johnson, Wallance and Garcia present during a ceremony last year.
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