From Academy Award®winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter (formerly John Carter of Mars)– a sweeping action adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war?weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Burroughs’ character John Carter, the original space hero featured in the series, who has thrilled generations with his adventures on Mars.
A fan of the Barsoom series of books since childhood, Academy Award®–winning director/writer Andrew Stanton’s explains what inspired him to bring John Carter to the big screen in his first foray into live action: “I stumbled across these books at the perfect age, I was about ten, and I just fell in love with the concept of a human finding himself on Mars, among amazing creatures in a strange new world. A stranger in a strange land. It was a very romantic aspect of adventure and science fiction. I always thought it would be cool to see this realized on the big screen.
“John Carter is a big epic adventure with romance and action and political intrigue,” continues Stanton. “Because the subject matter was written so long ago, it was also a bit of an origin of those kinds of stories—a comic book before there were comic books, an adventure story before that became a genre of its own.”
The stellar ensemble cast is led by Taylor Kitsch (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”, X?Men Origins: Wolverine) in the title role, Lynn Collins (50 First Dates, X?Men Origins: Wolverine) as the warrior princess Dejah Thoris and Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe (Spider?Man, Shadow of the Vampire) as Martian inhabitant Tars Tarkas. The cast also includes Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Spider?Man 3), Polly Walker ( Clash of the Titans, Patriot Games), Samantha Morton (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, In America), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Body of Lies), Ciaran Hinds (Munich, There Will Be Blood), British actor Dominic West (300, Chicago), James Purefoy (Vanity Fair, Resident Evil) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”). Daryl Sabara (Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Spy Kids) takes the role of John Carter’s teenaged nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Here is the first official teaser trailer for John Carter, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney Studios has also provided us with these first images from the film, featuring an aerial view of the city of Helium (dubbed ‘The Jewel of Barsoom’) and an airship.
John Carter arrives in theaters nationwide on March 9, 2012.