Josh Hutcherson Updates Spider-Man, Journey to the Mysterious Island, and Red Dawn

When it comes to Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot, Josh Hutcherson knows just as much as you do, which in this case ain’t a whole lot. The actor confirms that he’s auditioned for the part, but reiterates that so has every other young actor currently working in Hollywood, and then some. Via Comingsoon, Hutcherson does the usual, “Golly gee, it’s nice just to be nominated” speech that all young actors in Hollywood learn before they can walk when it comes to the career-making “Spider-Man” role:

I think a lot of people are auditioning and talking about it, so it’s an honor to be considered on the same list with some of these actors that I’m up against. It’s really cool. To be talked about in that kind of role is very awesome.

I really don’t know what’s going on with everything right now. It would be an honor to play that role, it’s a big thing, it’s a total game changer. I really want to play a comic book hero. I’m not really huge into comics, but I’ve always been big into superheroes from the cartoons and the movies that have been made about them.

Of course he’s not huge into comics. Hutcherson is 17 going on 40, with a dozen or so Hollywood films to his credit already. The kid wouldn’t have the time to be reading comic books, he’s too busy scoring blockbuster movies like “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and getting chicks.

Speaking of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (currently going by the title of “Journey to the Mysterious Island”) Hutcherson reveals some of the plot details. Well, most of it, actually:

We’re going to a mysterious island and the island is found by triangulating three different books, one by Jules Verne, one by Robert Louis Stevenson and one other book (Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”). I get this radio signal that is coming from this place in the middle of the South Pacific that there’s nothing mapped that exists there, then I look at these books and realize that it’s a mysterious island, so I head down there with… I think it’s going to be my stepdad… to check it out, and then crazy adventure ensues from there.

He also confirms that Brendan Fraser, the lead from the first movie, won’t be returning, and instead will be replaced by a new step-dad character. Hutcherson’s character, meanwhile, will all but take over the franchise as the male lead.

And finally, about the delayed “Red Dawn” reboot:

I don’t know when it’s coming out, but it was such an amazing shoot and the action is so good, but MGM is just making sure they have everything set and ready before they release it, which is good actually. They really care about this movie, which is nice to see, and they want to make sure they have all their ducks in a row before they just throw it out there. They want to make sure they have the right marketing campaign set up and everything.

Plus, there’s that whole issue of MGM running out of money and everything, but never you mind that, Josh ol chap.

You can catch the very busy Josh Hutcherson in the upcoming “The Kids are All Right”. Even if he doesn’t land the “Spider-Man” reboot, which at this point is looking like a longshot if recent rumors are any indication, he’ll have plenty to keep him busy until he turns 20.