Dwayne Johnson Takes Role Playing ‘KING’ Kamehameha, Zemeckis Directs

Dwayne Johnson has to be the hardest working man in Hollywood. The man seems to never sleep and is either churning out hit series like HBO’s Ballers or he is pumping out Hollywood blockbusters like Jumanji. This year alone Johnson has released 2 films including Rampage and Skyscraper. He is currently filming Disney’s Jungle Cruise and then has his Fast and Furious spin off film, Hobbs and Shaw, to film. Somewhere in between all the he hopes to get Black Adam filmed for DC and according to Deadline today he has signed on play King Kamehameha  for Warner Bros. Deadline reports that the film will be called King and will be written by Randall Wallace and directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Deadline reports – “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.” – The film is set to begin production some time in 2020.

Dwayne’s grandfather Peter Maivia and grandmother Lia Maivia are of Hawaiian and Samoan ancestry as is his mother Ata Johnson so this film means a lot to him.  Deadline reported just how important this film is to Johnson – “To say this is important to Johnson is an understatement, I can recall it coming up in our very first meeting, late in the evening as he was being made up to play the Scorpion King, in a small role in The Mummy Returns, which became a spinoff and one of his first action starring turns. Johnson was just making the transition from his The Rock wrestling ring persona to acting, and he was very ambitious as he tried to become the first ring star to make that move and be taken seriously. Even then, I recall him saying that his dream was to one day play Kamehameha. Years later, when we did the Playboy Interview in Prague, Kamehameha was still on his mind. This was right after Johnson got that intricate tribal tattoo on his shoulder and chest that told a story about his roots. I recall him saying that he considered going all the way to honor his family by replicating the way his grandfather, Peter Maivia.”

There is no current release date for King