Brendan Fraser has signed on to the new film Journey 3-D as an actor and executive producer for Walden Media and New Line Cinema.

The film is an update of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, reports Variety, and has Fraser portraying a geologist who, with his teenage son, discovers a message hidden in an ancient artifact, leading them into a previously unseen world.

Eric Brevig, who did visual effects on Total Recall, will make his feature directorial debut; D.V. DeVincentis(High Fidelity) has written the script.

Journey 3-D has a production start schedule for later this year.