Deadline reports that The Rock will team with Zemeckis for The King, a biopic about Kamehameha I (whom Johnson will play), who founded and reigned over the Kingdom of Hawaii at the dawn of the 19th century. The film will be written by Braveheart writer Randall Wallace.
It’s always exciting when a partnership like Zemeckis and Johnson’s—that is, one between two beacons of nerd culture who’ve thus far only occupied different corners thereof—comes to pass. On the one hand, Zemeckis is so associated with geekdom that he had a time-warping cube named after him in this year’s ode to ’80s pop culture, Ready Player One. Meanwhile, The Rock is Hollywood’s go-to headliner for its every other nostalgia-friendly reboot, the latest being a developing Big Trouble in Little China sequel.
Granted, a film about the life and legacy of Kamehameha doesn’t quite seem born of the pair’s shared affinity for this kind of poppy material, and in fact sounds like a bit of a departure for Johnson altogether. Nevertheless, the union of Zemeckis and Johnson is something fans of either will want to look out for. After all, it’ll be just as exciting to see Zemeckis reassess his dramatic side, and The Rock rediscover his.
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