John Carter Teaser Poster Gives Us Taylor Kitsch And Plenty Of Mystery

By Katey Rich 2011-06-15 09:45:54discussion comments
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Though it's based on some pretty well-loved source material, the novel John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the upcoming John Carter is a pretty big question mark-- after all, it's not like a ton of your average moviegoers are up to date on their serialized characters from the 1910s. So as Disney starts marketing the film, which comes to theaters March 9 next year, they seem to be building up the mystery. At least that's what I'm getting from the first teaser poster, which debuted today at Apple, and gives us pretty much nothing beyond the stylized letters "JCM" and a dark photo of star Taylor Kitsch looking pretty concerned. Take a look below.



Kitsch plays the titular character, an American soldier inexplicably transported to Mars, but a lot of character actors you probably love round out the cast, including Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Haden Church, Samantha Morton, and Sinestro himself, Mark Strong. The film is the live-action directing debut for Andrew Stanton, who made two of Pixar's best films with Finding Nemo and Wall-E; he'll have a chance to bring some of his animation skills too, though, as many of the space creatures will involve motion capture animation. Below is the full synopsis for the film that came along with the poster; it'll probably be a while before we see actual footage from the film, but if there's not some kind of promotion at Comic Con next month, I'll be quite surprised.

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.

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