Dwayne Johnson Cast in ‘Journey To The Center of The Earth 2′

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 9:52 am,

With a decent critical reception, $240 million box office take worldwide and tons more in the bank from from the back-end (home video and TV deals, etc.), it was clear that New Line would be pushing for a sequel to the family-friendly hit, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Unfortunately for fans and the studio, we found out back in May that star Brendan Fraser may not return for the sequel, now titled Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

At the time it was thought that Fraser may not be back due to the director change, having taken part in the first Journey to the Center of the Earth in large part due to the involvement of Eric Brevig who won’t be back for the sequel.  Now it’s being reported that Fraser’s schedule is too busy and that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will take over as the lead for the sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog has the exclusive that Dwayne Johnson is in negotiations to star in the film and is expected to sign later this week. Josh Hutcherson, who starred in the first film as Fraser’s nephew, will be back to reprise his role as young Sean Anderson and Johnson will step in as a new character, playing the boyfriend of Hutcherson’s mom. Johnson will be one of four new characters added for the sequel and actors will be announced shortly for those roles.

The story will follow Sean Anderson (Hutcherson) as he travels to an island to search for his missing grandfather. Of course, this island isn’t your typical landmass filled with typical creatures and Johnson is forced to tag along. It’s another family-friendly adventure for the ex-wrestler.

Journey to the Center of the Earth made big bank advertising itself as a 3D family adventure before Avatar changed the 3D landscape and made studios go 3D for all of their movies. The sequel will do the same and will be shot in 3D. I wonder if Fraser will have a cameo?

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins shooting in October for a September 23, 2011 release date.

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Source: THR

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  1. Why is he obsessed with doing this kiddy crap? I used to think he could be an ok actor, but his career is just gone.

      • I can’t believe they are calling it FAST FIVE!

        • I can’t believe they’re making it period. It’s just another rip-off of ‘Point Break’ anyway.

      • Dude, he wasn’t in the new Fast and Furious movie, that was a whole different actor named Vin Diesel.. I think you need watch more movies and focus on them and read actor/actress bios too lol

      • Dude, he wasn’t in the new Fast and Furious movie, that was a whole different actor named Vin Diesel.. I think you need watch more movies and focus on them and read actor/actress bios too lol

      • Oh sh*t sorry dude your actually right, I thought you was talking about the 4th film which isn’t even new anyway…. I forgot Dwayne Johnson will be in Fast Five!!

    • This is a huge payday for him I’d imagine and while I agree about the strangeness of his family features (The Tooth Fairy, Planet 51, Game Plan, etc.), he has some bad-ass roles coming up like his character in Fast & Furious 5.

      • Well I am looking forward to F&F5, a guilty pleasure of mine.

        • i wanna see Faster

    • Maybe because he wants to do stuff his daughter can also watch and appreciate?

    • dude…he really needs to let go of his inner childhood :(

      • As long as he keeps doing the “other” films does it really matter. Seeing him in a tutu does not make me believe I could kick his ass or he is less then he is… :D

        There is one role I want to see him in…. See my Avatar. After that he can do anything he wants.

  2. I actually quite enjoyed Race to Witch Mountain. Having been a fan of the original Witch Mountain movies I thought he did a pretty decent job. I Am hoping that he begins to distance himself from the really silly roles (The Tooth Fairy for example). I do think he’s a pretty good actor and could pull this off. I have my fingers crossed. Oh, and Planet 51 was actually pretty darn good.

  3. If Journey is”Kiddee Crap”, Then I enjoy Kiddie Crap!””
    The original wasnt that bad, and the sequel will make money .

    • Agreed, Gary. While not one of my favorite movies, I did enjoy the 2D version of Journey. I’ll probably see this, but only when it’s on Blu-Ray.

  4. meh..

  5. Nobody can deny that Dwaye “The Rock” Johnson has proven that he IS and was the most ELECTRIFYING athlete in sports entertainment and BEYOND. No professional wrestler has come close to his level in PROFESSIONAL ACTING. I think he’s cool but he does need to stop making these kiddy films and start doing films more centered on honing is acting skills further. I’m not a fan of Vin Deisel(I only like Riddick) but I can’t front, I think “The Rock” and Vin Diesel sharing the screen together will be good.