Bryan Cranston has joined the cast of John Carter of Mars. The Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle star will play a Civil War colonel who has a kerfuffle with Carter – presumably on Earth before Carter is zapped away to Mars.Â At least I hope that is the case.Â Lord help us if TWO Earthlings land on Mars, thus altering the Edgar Rice Burroghs story.Â The good thing is Andrew Stanton is directing, and he should keep everything in line with the original.
Before you fall over from a heart attack, Traci Lords isn’t playing Deja Thoris in the upcoming Andrew Stanton-Michael Chabon John Carter of Mars movie, but rather the cheap “got it out first” Princess of Mars movie from Asylum.
Don’t believe me?Â Here’s the trailer to prove it!
While there’s absolutely no acting or story revealed in the trailer, I will give the company credit for some better than average effects shots, because everyone knows it’s the effects that sell a movie. The movie has a planned release of December 29, 2009.
If you can’t wait for the release, take the jump for a gallery of super-sized images from the movie.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that three more actors have joined the cast of Disney’s adaptation of John Carter of Mars. Samantha Morton will play Sola, the daughter of Tarks Tarkas (played by Willem Defoe), Dominic West has been cast a Sab Than, the prince of the Zodangans, while Polly Walker plays Sarkoja, a Thark baddie.
The cast is certainly shaping up, and while I have faith in Andrew Stanton’s adaptation, the whole Disney name attached to it means a toned down story that is full of violence.Â Still, the Edgar Rice Burroughs book, A Princess of Mars,Â is full of adventure, and should be different enough that audience will get a kick out of it.
Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins are getting company on their trip to Mars.Â Actor Willem Dafoe has been cast as Tars Tarkas, which means he’ll either simply be voicing the seven foot tall green alien with four arms, or someone’s got a lot of makeup work to get started on.
With the news about John Carter of Mars finally getting out of pre-pro hell and moving into the production stage, my Intardwebz wandering led me down the John Carter path to discover this nice piece by Matt Rhodes.Â If there was going to be an animated version of John Carter (there was a test bit you can find), then I would hope the studio would go for a look like this one.
Hot on the heels of the announcement that John Carter of Mars starts proper production in November, is news that cast members are starting to shape up as well.Â Taylor Kitsch, from Friday Night Lights, has been cast as John Carter, the civil war soldier who gets beamed to Mars.Â The role of Deja Thoris is going to Lynn Collins.
Considering John Carter of Mars is a Disney flick, I seriously doubt were going to see nekkid’ people running around, but it should still be a rockin’ flick considering Andrew Stanton of Wall-E and Finding Nemo fame is helming the big budget production.
Andrew Stanton is the new big man guiding the mother ship that will become John Carter of Mars. The movie adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels has been on again and off again for what seems like forever, and each time the pitfalls have caused the production to collapse.Â It looks like the film is finally going to get made, as The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Disney/PIXAR crew will descend on the state from November to July 2010.
According to a GOED executive summary, the filmmakers are committed to spend $27.7 million in the state and employ 398 Utahns during the seven months of pre-production and shooting. In turn, the production would receive a $5.5 million tax credit under the state’s incentive program.
That’s good news for the state, and Burroughs would probably be happy with the location, as he spent 1904 working as a railroad police officer in Salt Lake City.