Vanessa Hudgens (Suckerpunch and High School Musical) and Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Hunger Games) are in Sydney, Australia, where earlier tonight they did the Australian movie premiere for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island at Event Cinemas, George Street.
Hudgens had flew in to Sydney, up from Melbourne, at 1pm, and was flanked by publicity officials at Sydney Airport.
Australia has really grown on Hudgens over the past few years...
"I love Australia so much," she said.
"My best friend is actually from here, and I really love the place."
The 23 year old said the chance to work opposite dual Academy Award winner Sir Michael Caine, 78, was too good to pass up.
"It was a great cast, and we had so much fun," Hudgens said. "We filmed in Hawaii, which was paradise, and made something that's fun and light-hearted for the whole family."
Hudgens' Australian connections were enhanced last year when she starred in Sucker Punch, a fantasy thriller also featuring Aussie star Abbie Cornish.
"Abbie is one of the most incredible women I know," Hudgens said.
"She's so strong-willed, very interesting and extremely creative - a beautiful soul."
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret.
Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest.
Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is directed by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore). It also stars Michael Caine as Sean’s grandfather, Alexander Anderson, and Kristin Davis as Sean’s mum, Liz Anderson.
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D releases in cinemas nationally on January 19th.
The Sydney premiere was a "don't miss" attraction from both a news media and fan perspective.
The movie tagline is 'Believe the impossible. Discover the incredible.' We suggest you do the same and get yourself to the premiere and the cinema for a journey you won't soon forget.
Director: Brad Peyton
Writers: Brian Gunn (screenplay), Mark Gunn (screenplay)
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine
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