Well this looks pretty nifty and the choice to use the Arcade Fire cover to soundtrack the promo was a nice touch. This is the first look at Disney’s long-in-the-works version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars series. Visually, it looks pretty incredible and I’m happy to see Taylor Kitsch getting solid work outside of his wonderful work on “Friday Night Lights”. The rest of the cast is pretty great as well and includes Samantha Morton, Dominic West, Polly Walker, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins, Bryan Cranston, Ciaran Hinds, James Purefoy, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong and Daryl Sabara. Here’s the official synopsis:
John Carter is 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.