Wrestling icon The Rock is set to star as the Hawaiian King Kamehameha in a new film.

Variety says that Kamehameha conquered the Hawaiian islands in the 1700s and it is hoped that the film will be an epic in the 'Braveheart' vein.

The Rock was raised in Hawaii and was seen as the only actor for the part.

His next appearance on cinema screens will be in the action-adventure movie 'Helldorado'.