“Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa and producer Peter Safran will team up to produce a biopic about five-time Olympic swimming medalist Duke Kahanamoku.
Kahanamoku is famous for both his swimming and surfing accolades. He has been on four Olympic teams and is a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, including earning three gold medals. At the 1920 Games in Stockholm, Kahanamoku became the first swimmer to win the 100 free twice in a row.
In addition to his swimming career, Kahanamoku is widely credited with popularizing the sport of surfing. He introduced the sport on both coasts of the US, as well as in Australia through his swimming “exhibitions”. He was the first person to be inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall of Fame.
This is not the first time that Jason Momoa has been involved in a project on Kahanamoku. The fellow Hawaiian served as the narrator for the PBS documentary “Waterman–Duke: Ambassador of Aloha”, which was released earlier this year.
The film will “explore this iconic and gentle man as the legendary swimmer, trailblazer and undisputed father of modern-day surfing”.
The biopic is currently untitled and a release date has not been announced.