Jason Momoa, Temuera Morrison to Star in Historical Hawaii War Series

Production of the highly-anticipated limited series “Chief Of War” is set to commence on 31 October 2023 in Hawaii and Auckland, New Zealand. The show, produced by Peter Chernin, Tracey Cook, Francis Lawrence, Jenno Topping, Brian Mendoza, and Anders Engstrom, follows legendary warrior Ka’iana in late 18th-century Hawaii as he is pulled into battle to fulfill an Ancient Prophecy that will bring peace to all the kingdoms of Hawaii.

Chief Of War’s Key Players


“Chief of War” is produced by a talented team of industry veterans, including Peter Chernin, Tracey Cook, Francis Lawrence, Jenno Topping, Brian Mendoza, and Anders Engstrom. This powerhouse team brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the production of the series.

Peter Chernin, the founder of Chernin Entertainment, has a proven track record of producing successful films and television shows. He is responsible for producing franchises such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Tracey Cook, a veteran producer with over 20 years of experience, has worked on hit films such as “Black Mass” and “The Accountant.”

Francis Lawrence, known for his work as a director, has been involved in the production of hit films such as “The Hunger Games” and “Red Sparrow.” Jenno Topping, a prolific film and television producer, has worked on successful projects such as “Bad Moms” and “Ford v Ferrari.” Brian Mendoza, with a background in production and visual effects, has contributed to films such as “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.”

Anders Engstrom, with a background in feature film and television production, brings a wealth of experience to the team. This diverse group of producers, with their extensive knowledge and expertise, is sure to bring “Chief of War” to life in a thrilling and engaging way.

The producers have a history of working together on successful projects, with Peter Chernin and Tracey Cook collaborating on “The Accountant,” Francis Lawrence and Jenno Topping working on “Red Sparrow,” and Brian Mendoza and Anders Engstrom teaming up on “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.” This shared history of success and collaboration is sure to bring a level of cohesion and synergy to the production of “Chief of War.”

The producers behind “Chief of War” bring a wealth of experience, expertise, and a history of success to the table. With their combined knowledge and passion for filmmaking, this limited series is sure to be a hit with audiences.

The series will also star Luciane Buchanan, who gained popular attention following her role on the Netflix series The Night Agent.

Momoa and Morrison’s Roots

Jason Momoa and Temuera Morrison bring their rich cultural heritage to the forefront in “Chief Of War”. Momoa, who is of Hawaiian and Native American descent, has been known to incorporate his Hawaiian roots into his work, including his iconic role as Aquaman in the DC Universe and his portrayal of Maui in the Disney animated film, Moana. In Moana, Momoa brought to life the character of Maui, a demigod from Polynesian mythology, and showcased his connection to Hawaiian culture and heritage.

Similarly, Morrison, who is of Maori descent, put his Maori roots on display at Star Wars Celebration 2022. The crowd was electrified as Morrison took the stage and performed his epic Maori Haka dance.

Their cultural heritage and connection to the history of their respective lands make them the perfect choice for the lead roles in “Chief Of War”. Set in late 18th-century Hawaii, the film explores the battles between the four major kingdoms and the fulfillment of an Ancient Prophecy that will bring peace to the land.

Morrison’s Maori roots have also been on display in his role as Jango Fett in the Star Wars franchise, where he put on a stunning performance of the Haka at Star Wars Celebration 2022. The excitement of seeing these actors together, showcasing their cultural heritage, is what makes “Chief Of War” an exciting project to look out for.

Filming Locations: Hawaii and Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, NZ

Hawaii serves as the backdrop for the late 18th-century battles between the four major kingdoms in “Chief Of War”. The tropical paradise, with its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, serves as the perfect setting for the film.

However, the production of “Chief Of War” will not take place solely in Hawaii, but also in Auckland, New Zealand. The two locations serve as a great combination as Auckland has become a popular film destination, serving as a proxy for various exotic locations, including Hawaii.

In fact, Auckland has been the filming location for several other productions set in Hawaii, including the popular TV series, “Lost”, and the film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”. The city’s diverse landscapes and its close proximity to some of the most stunning natural wonders in the world, make it an ideal destination for filmmakers.

The film crew, including director Justin Chon, DP Matthew Chuang, and 1AD Gregory J. Pawlik Jr. and K.C. Colwell, are no strangers to filming in exotic locations and are sure to make the most of the stunning landscapes in both Hawaii and Auckland.

“Chief Of War” is set to begin production on October 31, 2023, in Hawaii and Auckland, New Zealand, and promises to be a visual feast for audiences.

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