Michael Caine going on "Journey to Center of Earth"

Tue Sep 7, 2010 8:20pm EDT
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Michael Caine is finalizing a deal to join the cast of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," New Line's sequel to its 3-D remake of the sci-fi classic "Journey to the Center of the Earth."

Brad Peyton is directing the movie, which is moving toward an October production start.

The script, loosely based on Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island," sees Josh Hutcherson reprising his role from the 2008 "Center of the Earth" remake that starred Brendan Fraser.

For the sequel, Hutcherson is partnering with Dwyane Johnson, playing his mom's boyfriend, on a trip to a mythical island to find his missing grandfather.

Caine will play the grandfather, but the part is no cameo. The role will see the veteran British performer and two-time Oscar winner in action mode, engaging in several chase sequences, including one involving giant bees.

The movie will shoot in Hawaii and then move to North Carolina.

The original 1959 version of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" starred James Mason and Pat Boone and earned Oscar nominations for best art direction, best effects and best sound.

(Editing by Zorianna Kit and Steve Gorman)

<p>Actor Michael Caine arrives for the world premiere of the film ''Inception'' at the Odeon in London July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth</p>