John Carter, the upcoming big-budget adaptation of one of the oldest, most venerable characters in science fiction history has unveiled its first trailer.
Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) steps up to the top-billing plate for the first time as the film's titular character. Having first appeared in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1917 novel, A Princess of Mars, the character has seen countless adaptations in comic books, television, and film over the last century and will now get a long overdue, (proper) update in a spectacular blaze of swords, spaceships, and lasers.
Check out the trailer below!
The story remains the same. John Carter, a veteran of the American Civil War, mysteriously wakes up on the planet Mars, and quickly finds himself embroiled in another Civil War, this time of interplanetary consequences. He's traded his flintlock and ball-bullets for a broadsword, and he's taking the fight to evil alien baddies, while romancing the gorgeous Martian Princess, played by Lynn Collins. (A fellow Wolverine cast alum.)
Director, Andrew Stanton makes a huge leap from the type of kid-friendly animated projects he's previously done like WALL-E, Finding Nemo, and A Bug's Life, giving us a film that appears to evoke some visible sci-fi elements of Stargate with the savagery of films in the "swords and sorcery" genre. The result, is an intriguing mashup with some impressive action.
With Mark Strong (aka, the best thing about Green Lantern,) Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, and Thomas Haden Church also in the cast, you can bet that Taylor Kitsch will have some top-level support in this, his first big marquee billing.
John Carter hits theaters on March 9, 2012.