According to Deadline, Temuera Morrison is officially joining Jason Momoa’s “Chief of War.” The “Star Wars” mainstay will portray the role of the King of Maui, King Kahekili, and the limited series will include eight episodes that will stream on Apple TV+. “‘Chief of War'” follows the epic and unprecedented telling of the unification and colonization of Hawaii from an indigenous point of view,” according to a press release by Apple TV+.
Momoa, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, acknowledged “Chief of War” was a passion project 20 years in the making, according to the Associated Press. “It’s my ‘Dances with Wolves,’ it’s my ‘Braveheart,’ it’s my ‘Last of the Mohicans,'” Momoa said during an interview with the outlet. Momoa has come a long way since first appearing as Jason Ioane on “Baywatch,” but the actor has certainly shown a flair for creative ability while performing in multifaceted successes outside of the DCEU like “Stargate: Atlantis,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Frontier.” Now, he’s tackling not just one but three roles all at once.
Momoa is challenging himself by pushing his boundaries in new creative directions, and he’s pulling off the hat trick as an executive producer, writer, and performer on “Chief of War.” The limited series was created by Momoa and Thomas Pa’a Sibbett, and Pa’a Sibbett also collaborated with Momoa on “The Last Manhunt,” “Braven” and the documentary, “IZ.”
“Chief of War’s” release date on Apple TV+ is still to be determined.