<i>John Carter</i> Trailer Heavy On Martian Vistas, Shirtless Kitsch

Disney has premiered the teaser trailer for John Carter, the Andrew Stanton-directed action-adventure based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp hero. As expected, the teaser is a little light on the action part, opting instead to establish the premise and the setting -- still 19th-century Earth, thankfully, and Mars, or "Barsoom" -- to the tune of Peter Gabriel's cover of "My Body is a Cage."

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 opens March 9, 2012, stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.

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