Published by Jeff Leins on September 7, 2010
Michael Caine is set to star in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, New Line’s follow-up to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. He joins the returning Josh Hutcherson and the newly hired Dwayne Johnson (filling in for Brendan Fraser).
Hutcherson and Johnson will venture to a “mythical and monstrous island” in search of the teen’s grandfather, played by Caine. There they encounter perils, pirates, and possibly Captain Nemo, if the book by Jules Verne serves as a blueprint.
The Hollywood Reporter emphasizes Caine’s role is not a cameo, and the 77-year-old actor will be in “action mode, engaging in several chase sequences, including one involving giant bees.” Michael Douglas was considered for the role at one point, but was recently sidelined by an unfortunate throat cancer diagnosis.
Yet to be cast is the young female lead alongside Hutcherson. Miranda Cosgrove, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato were being discussed as candidates.
Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) is directing this October in Hawaii, then North Carolina. No release date has been set.