This is Friday Night Lights megastar and unbridled thespian Taylor Kitsch's first ever role in an action film.
Do you understand?
The film is Disney's John Carter, set for release in 2012. Some 100 years after Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel was originally published. As you may recall, the big centennial is also being celebrated with a new comic series from Marvel by Roger Langridge.
As for the film, get ready for swords, sandals, and Civil War grizzle.
"From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–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."
John Carter sets the tone on March 9th, 2012.