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The Rock wants to go royally Hawaiian

He played an ancient warrior in the action film "The Scorpion King," and now The Rock says he wants to play Hawaii's warrior-king, Kamehameha the Great.

A movie about the warrior who united the islands into the Kingdom of Hawaii would be the first feature film based on the life of a Hawaiian king.

The World Wrestling Entertainment star, also known as Dwayne Johnson, said last week that he's working on a deal to play King Kamehameha, who ruled from 1795 to 1819.

"Sony Pictures has just purchased the rights and (the project) will be in development for myself to play King Kamehameha in a movie based on his life," he said.

Steve Elzer, spokesman for Sony-owned Columbia Pictures, confirmed preliminary plans for a movie, but said no agreements have been made.

"We have had some discussions with The Rock and his people but there is no deal yet, and nothing we can talk about," he said Friday.




Photos and text by John Berger


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