The Rock To Play Hawaiian Royalty In Robert Zemeckis’ THE KING

Now there's a pairing we weren't expecting to read about today.

Here's a fun thing: Warner Bros. and New Line have just won a bidding war for a new Robert Zemeckis project called The King. Written by Braveheart's Randall Wallace, the film is an "epic-sized" biopic recounting the life of Hawaiian king Kamehameha, and will be headlined by none other than The Rock. 

Deadline describes The King's fascinating backstory thusly:

"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."

Something like this in gonna demand a director who can deliver a legitimately epic experience, and Zemeckis certainly knows his way around spectacle. It also demands a larger-than-life, wildly charismatic lead, which makes The Rock absolutely perfect for it. We're excited about this one!

Now, if you're wondering how The Rock's going to fit this in his already overstuffed schedule, well, we don't have any answers for you on that front, but Deadline does note that Zemeckis' intention is to shoot the film in 2020, which gives him an ample headstart on pre-production, while also giving The Rock time to film at least seventeen more movies (note: The Rock's to-do list also includes Jungle Cruise, San Andreas 2, Journey 3: From The Earth To The MoonBlack Adam, the Jumanji sequel, the Big Trouble In Little China sequel, and something called Fighting With My Family).

Nothing further to report at this time, but stay tuned for further updates on The King (how great is that title, by the way?) as they become available.