We’re used to Dwayne Johnson playing heroic, larger than life figures and he’ll continue that tradition with his next project. Robert Zemeckis cast him as Kamehameha in his upcoming movie The King.
This exciting project tells the story of King Kamehameha, the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii. He’s the one responsible of uniting the Hawaiian islands for the first time and making sure they remained a united realm.
This film will be Hollywood’s first attempt to bring his story to life. It was described as a sweeping historical epic based on the true story of Kamehameha, who fulfilled the prophecy that surrounded his fabled life since birth.
In addition to playing the lead, The Rock will also produce The King through Seven Bucks Productions. Johnson and his partners Dany and Hiram Garcia were the ones responsible for getting this project off the ground. They recruited Randall Wallace (Braveheart) to write the script, while The Rock was still in Hawaii filming Jumanji.
It’s not a coincidence that the Fast & Furious star was the one who landed this role. He wanted to portray this Hawaiian ruler since the early days of his acting career. The Rock believed that bringing Kamehameha’s story to life would be a good way to honor his Hawaiian heritage.