In his next big film project, actor Jason Momoa will take over the camera. It has just been announced that Aquaman star Will Smith will develop a biopic about Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian Olympic swimmer who popularized surfing as a sport. As part of the Carlson Company, Momoa and Safran will produce the feature, while Chris Kekaniokalani Bright (Conviction) will write the screenplay.
Momoa narrated Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha, a PBS documentary about Kahanamoku. She competed in four Olympic Games, becoming a five-time medalist in the process. Following the Olympics, he served as a sheriff in Honolulu for three decades. In an interview with CNN, Safran said that he has long been interested in making a film about Kahanamoku’s life.
At this point, the biopic has no title and no actors are in place, so it’s unclear who will play Kahanamoku Beach. Producers say the film will explore the legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and undisputed father of modern-day surfing as a legend.
“My fascination with Duke’s story has been ongoing for years,” Safran told me. “To now be able to tell it with the respect it deserves, in collaboration with Jason, Chris, and the Carlsons, is a great gift.”In addition, Eric Carlson remarked, “It is an honor to be collaborating with Malama Pono on the incredible true story of Duke Kahanamoku, one of America’s greatest heroes.”
The actor will also have several roles coming up for his fans to watch out for in addition to producing this biopic. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the sequel to the first film, will see him return as the titular superhero. He also plays the villain in Fast X, which marks his debut in the Fast and Furious movie series.
Slumberland, the upcoming Netflix film, will also feature Momoa in a major role. Aside from that, he’s starring in Shots, Shots, Shots, an upcoming action-comedy. She will have its final season on Apple TV+ with Momoa bringing the series to an end. There will be an epic battle at the end of the show’s third and final season, according to the trailer.
“We are thrilled to share this epic final chapter of See, which delivers all the intense drama, riveting action, and heartfelt emotions viewers have come to expect, as well as a deeply satisfying ending to our story,” showrunner Jonathan Tropper commented.
It was a particularly unique and continuous challenge that was met through the passionate and thoughtful collaboration of an incredibly talented and diverse team behind and in front of the camera. We are eternally grateful for the love and support See has received from viewers around the world.
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