The Rock will play a Hawaiian king in biopic. The wrestler and ''Scorpion King'' star says he is developing a movie about the 19th-century warrior monarch who united the Hawaiian islands

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? It’s poi. The part-Samoan wrestler/actor, who played the starring role in April’s hit ”The Scorpion King,” now wants to play a real-life warrior king, Hawaiian soldier-statesman Kamehameha the Great, the Associated Press reports.

One of the most famous figures in Hawaiian history, Kamehameha, who ruled from 1795 to 1819, is credited with uniting the Hawaiian Islands under one rule. ”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,” The Rock told AP. Sony spokesman Steve Elzer, however, told AP, ”We have had some discussions with The Rock and his people but there is no deal yet, and nothing we can talk about.” Note to Sony: Make the movie. You wouldn’t want to make The Rock mad.