Disney has released a teaser poster for John Carter, the action-adventure film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' pulp hero. This actually the studio's second stab at the character, following a failed attempt in the 1980s to develop an adaptation, possibly with a young Tom Cruise in the lead role.
This time WALL-E and Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton is at the helm, but I didn't realize until this morning how impressive the cast is. No, not star Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Friday Night Lights). I'm talking about actors like Mark Strong, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston and Willem Dafoe. I'm suddenly, if not surprisingly, interested in John Carter now. Here's the synopsis:
From Academy Award-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.
The film, which also stars Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Ciaran Hinds, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker and Thomas Hayden Church, opens on March 9, 2012.