also known as Dwayne Johnson
is turning himself into the number one man for family films. Recently he has been in films like Race to Witch Mountain
, Tooth Fairy
and now he is signed onto Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
-- the sequel to 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
. According to The Hollywood Reporter
Brad Peyton is on board to direct the film, in which Josh Hutcherson will reprise his role as burgeoning explorer Sean Anderson. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are producing.
Johnson will play the boyfriend of Hutcherson's mom, who Hutcherson is forced to bring on a trip to a mythical and monstrous island to find his missing grandfather. The script is loosely based on Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island."
Three other characters will be introduced in the movie and cast during the next few weeks. Production is eyeing a late October start in North Carolina and Hawaii.
Like the first movie, which beat the 3D craze by more than a year and made more than $250 million worldwide in 2008, the sequel will be shot and released in 3D.
Congrats to The Rock! Although I do look forward to more of his aggressive films like Be Cool -- and he was a nice surprise to Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?