TRAILER: John Carter (of Mars) starring Taylor Kitsch

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."

Here's the trailer from /Film. You can also watch in QuickTime glory on Apple's website. 

 

John Carter sets the tone on March 9th, 2012. 

Comments

  1. I’m intrigued… Very intrigued…

  2. Gambit and Silver Fox gettin it on.
     

  3. Dreamy.

  4. Wait, they made a Wolverine movie?

  5. I’ve never read the book, but I’ve heard good things.  I hope the film can live up to the book’s reputation.

  6. Awesome. Can’t wait.

  7. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Pumped!

  8. I’ve always been interested in this property.  Never really had much time to dive in.  The movie looks cool and Langridge on any book is enough to get me on board.

  9. This looks grreat, I shouldn’t have Barsoomed the worse

  10. I have high hopes for this.  I am a huge fan of Burroughs’s Barsoom stories. In fact, I am a fan of the Burroughs-verse as possibly the best action-adventure setting of the 20th century. John Carter stories influenced everything from Star Wars to Superman.

    Seriously, a man from Earth goes to a strange and distant planet, where the unique features of that planet grant him super strength and the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  Then he goes to live in one of the great cities on that planet; a city named Helium.

  11. They show a lot more flesh, male and female, in previous comic versions like the current Dynamite adaptation.

  12. Noah Wylie?

  13. I’ve been a fan of these books since my early teens and hoped one day a movie would be made. That said, I’ve had great concerns about this – really, it could turn out horrible. But, judging from these scenes, they’re on the right track. We can’t tell much about the acting or plot, but it looks damn good and accurate. I just didn’t expect Deja Thoris to be so… clothed? One brief view of a thark, no idea who it is, or if they will be more human in size instead of like the book.

  14. green martian did not look all that big…and Dejah had way too much clothing on…

  15. Wow this really looks promising

  16. Might be fun.

  17. All the comments about dejah thoris having too many clothes on reminded me of my first exposure to Frank Frazetta’s work. http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/io9/2010/05/frank_frazetta_mazaofthemoon.jpg

  18. I really wish they woould make more films from those awesome old sci-fi novels

  19. but what about that damn jacket?

  20. Am really, really, looking forward to this.