Dwayne Johnson To Play Hawaiian King In Robert Zemeckis Epic

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The Rock is going to have to take the moniker The King for his latest project.

Dwayne Johnson has been cast as legendary Hawaiian King Kamehameha in Robert Zemeckis’ (Back to the Future) historical epic, according to Deadline.

Johnson, who is Hawaiian-raised and Polynesian-born, took to his Instagram to announce the news. He also shared his excitement and reverence for the role.

“Dawning of a new day with hope and promise. Humbled & grateful to begin this once in a lifetime journey. From the day I began my Hollywood career (2001), my dream was to bring this legacy to life. In Polynesian culture we have a belief, that something isn’t done when it’s ready… it’s done when it’s right. The time is right. The one who walks alone.”

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KA LA HIKI OLA. Dawning of a new day with hope and promise. Humbled & grateful to begin this once in a lifetime journey. KING KAMEHAMEHA – the legendary King was the first to unite the warring Hawaiian islands — fulfilling the prophecy that surrounded his fabled life since birth and creating the powerful & spiritual 50th state as we know it today. Academy Award winning director, Robert Zemeckis (FORREST GUMP) will direct. Academy Award nominated writer, Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART) will write. From the day I began my Hollywood career (2001), my dream was to bring this legacy to life. In Polynesian culture we have a belief, that something isn’t done when it’s ready… it’s done when it’s right. The time is right. The one who walks alone. #Culture #History #Mana #TheKing #KAMEHAMEHA

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King Kamehameha was the legendary Hawaiian ruler who united the warring islands, which fulfilled a prophecy that surrounded his storied life since birth.

The script for The King was written by Braveheart scribe, Randall Wallace.

Johnson will also produce the film, which comes from New Line, through his Seven Bucks production banner with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Zemeckis, Wallace, and FlynnPictureCo.’s Beau Flynn will also produce.

The King currently does not have a release date.

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