John Carter of Mars Cast Grows Stronger

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

The Disney adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels, John Carter of Mars, and hopeful trilogy of films said to be comparable in scale to Pirates of the Caribbean, has added another three major members to its cast.

If you’re excited about this project already then you should be ecstatic to hear that Mark Strong, James Purefoy and Thomas Haden Church have all signed on for the film.

Let’s go through the cast members we know of so far…

Back in June after the success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine at the box office, two of its supporting actors were picked up to play the leading lad and lady for the upcoming epic trilogy of John Carter of Mars movies.

Those two actors were of course Taylor Kitsch who will be playing the title character and Lynn Collins will play Dejah Thoris, the damsel in distress and heir to the throne of Mars’ Helium kingdom.

A mere two days later, Thomas Haden Church hinted on a talk show that he was in talks for the project and now that speculation has come to fruition.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, three talented men have officially joined the cast of John Carter of Mars: Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), James Purefoy (Solomon Kane), and of course, Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3).

Thomas Haden Church will reportedly play Tal Hajus, a Thark warrior who’s ambitious to take over and rule himself. Purefoy will play Kantos Kan, the captain of the Xavarian, the kingdom of Helium’s grand warship and Strong will play Matai Shang, the godlike ruler of the Thems.

I’m huge fan of all three of these actors and their additions to the cast make me very excited for the movie. They also join another one of my favorites in Willem Dafoe who was also announced as part of the cast back in June in the same week as the other two announcements mentioned above.

This growing group of talent will also share screen time with Dominic West, Samantha Morton and Polly Walker who joined the cast a few weeks back.

What do you think of the cast of John Carter of Mars?

Directed by Andrew Stanton, John Carter of Mars is tentatively scheduled to debut in 2012.

Source: THR

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  1. I’m pretty freaking excited to see how they pull this off. The book is so visual it really needs to be shown.

  2. Can anyone explain the basic premise of John Carter of Mars? is it anything like bradbury’s chronicles?

  3. James Purefoy!!! This is getting better and better.

  4. Every time they announce some new cast member it makes me excited about this film more and more. I love James Purefoy (from the ‘loved it but wish it had a better script’ the Philanthropist show he was just pulled off of) and Rome with Polly Walker.

    I don’t even know what the movie/book is about-I’m loving the cast!

  5. John Carter of Mars is a classic story that many sci-fi writers peg as an influence in their lives. Including George Lucas. Even James Cameron’s new Avatar was inspired by Burrough’s John Carter. The makers of Dungeons and Dragons and Tunnels and Trolls (the original roll-playing games that inspired almost everything else including Magic the Gathering, etc.) cite John Carter and Burroughs other works (Tarzan).

    It is a sword fighting adventure story about an earth man who has always been a fighter, fought in all the wars, does not know how old he and never seems to die (sounds like Wolverine creators got their nod from Carter too). The only time Carter ever “dies” was the moment that mystically took him to the planet Mars (the god of war, natually–and back to earth again, incidentally). On this ancient Mars there are giant multi-legged creatures and beings to fight—yes they have ray guns, but prefer bladed weapons—there are flying ships, lost deserted cities to explore, beautiful scantilly clad maidens and warriors, a lesser gravity to aid the earthman Carter, old wierd religions, interesting science and technology, wars and intrigue, chivalry, humans of many hues, and instead of little green men there are 12 foot tall green men with four arms and swords…and they hate humans and are kranky all the time. Sounds like a blast! Great escapist fun. I cannot wait. Come on 2012—101 years since the first book was published “A Princess of Mars” AKA “Under the Moons of Mars”. Eleven books in the Mars series. FYI it is nothing at all like Ray Bardbury’s Martian Chronicles, although he loved Burroughs’ writings too.

  6. I’m very excited to see how Disney pulls this movie off! I’ve been hoping that someone would make these books into movies! I grew up reading them, especially since I was named for the Princess of Mars. I think that there is a strong cast to the movie. I hope they can do the books justice!