Dwayne Johnson Will Play The Hawaiian King Kamehameha in a New Epic Film Being Directed By Robert Zemeckis
Dwayne Johnson is teaming up with director Robert Zemeckis to produce an epic film that will revolve around the legendary Hawaiian King Kamehameha, who will be played by Johnson. The film is so big, it's said to be compared to Mel Gibson's Braveheart, and that might be because the script for the film was written by Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace. For those of you not familiar with King Kamehameha, here's a little history lesson:
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.
I'm actually a big Hawaiian history buff, so I couldn't be more excited about this film project! Johnson will be great in the role of Kamehameha, and this is an important passion project for him. Apparently, this is his dream role. But I'm mostly excited to see Zemeckis' vision of this history come to life on the big screen. He's going to bring ancient Hawaii to life in a way we've never seen before! According to Deadline:
Johnson’s decision to finally step up to his dream role was made during the filming of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle that took place in Hawaii. Johnson was at the peak of his star power, and has matured as a man and actor, and the feeling among Johnson and Seven Bucks’ Hiram Garcia was that the time was right. Johnson and his cohorts have been able to sell their packaged projects and get green lights in the deal making stage — as evidenced by the deal with Universal and Legendary for the Rawson Marshall Thurber action film Red Notice, and they took their chance in the global market and scored this deal. They wanted a visceral historical epic like Braveheart, and so sought out Wallace who sparked to doing it on spec. They then sent the script to Zemeckis, who jumped aboard quickly.
The movie is set up with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. and I can't wait to see how this movie turns out! This is an incredible story and it has the potential to be an awesome film!