Dwayne Johnson is in final negotiations to star in New Line's "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" sequel entitled "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" reports Heat Vision.
In the 2008 film loosely based on the Jules Verne classic, Brendan Fraser played a scientist who discovers a previously unseen underground world along with his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) and a guide (Anita Briem).
Fraser is not returning due to scheduling issues, but Hutcherson will reprise his role. Johnson will play the boyfriend of Sean's mother and is forced to come along on a trip with Sean to find his missing grandfather on a mythical and monstrous island.
Three other characters will be introduced and cast in the next few weeks. Like the first film, this one will be shot in 3D and the script will be based on a Verne novel - this time "The Mysterious Island".
Brad Peyton is on board to direct while Beau Flynn, Charlotte Huggins and Tripp Vinson are producing. Filming kicks off late October in North Carolina and Hawaii.