Annabelle Wallis and Sofia Boutella are also on board. Johnson will play a member of the military in the pic.
The film is set to bow on June 9, 2017.
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a monster universe for Universal with rebooted versions of the studio’s classic monster movies. Kurtzman is also on board to direct, and will produce alongside Morgan and Sean Daniel.
Jon Spaihts is penning the script. Plot details are vague other than the fact that the pic will be set in the present day, unlike the previous three installments starring Brendan Fraser.
Universal executive VP of production Jon Mone and VP of development Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.
Johnson can still be seen on “New Girl,” which celebrates its 100th episode on Tuesday. He is repped by UTA and 3 Arts. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.