Casting is underway on The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian, a

Dwayne Johnson-less sequel to the The Mummy Returns spin-off, according to

Produced by Patti Jackson and Lisa Gooding, and directed by Russell Mulcahy (Highlander), the film will tell the backstory of the Polynesian warrior and his relationship with long time love Layla.

The film, set to start shooting in South Africa on October 1, is on the lookout for an actor to fill the Rock's shoes. As the sides say "There is no requirement to look exactly like a young Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but we still need an EXOTIC QUALITY: Polynesian, mixed race, Arabic, brunette. NOT blond. We also need our Mathayus to reflect the charisma and comedic elements of the character created by The Rock, especially in his warm, relaxed and humorous relationship with Layla, the young girl whom he has grown up with, and with whom he experiences a growing sexual tension."