John Carter of Mars Adds Three

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 4:49 pm,

johncarterofmars John Carter of Mars Adds Three

The cast of Disney’s big-screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars keeps on growing, adding three English (read: talented) actors to the roster. Joining John Carter of Mars will be Dominic West (The Wire, 300), Samantha Morton (In America) and Polly Walker (HBO’s Rome).

The three English actors join Willem DaFoe, (supposedly) Thomas Hayden Church and Wolverine stars Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins (Gambit and Silver Fox), who will be playing lead characters John Carter and his love interest, Mars princess Dejah Thoris.

According to The Hollywood Reporter: “Morton will play Sola, the daughter of Tars Tarkas (DaFoe), who must hide her softer side from her warmongering race. West plays Sab Than, prince of the Zodangans who believes he is entitled to rule Mars. Walker plays Sarkoja, a merciless, tyrannical Thark.”

Writer/Producer/Director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) will be making his live-action directorial debut; the script was co-written by Stanton and Mark Andrews, with acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys) turning in a recent rewrite. John Carter of Mars is expected to mix live-action and CGI Martian creatures, and will be a PG-13 epic adventure/fantasy, which is expected to (hopefully) kick-off a trilogy.

So far I’m good with the cast of this film. The casting agents have successfully managed to avoid “Channing Tatum Syndrome” – i.e., casting an actor and/or actress that immediately lowers the stock of the film in people’s minds. HBO fans are especially familiar with West and Walker from their stints on The Wire and Rome respectively, and the strong impressions both actors made on those shows. (I still remember the first seconds of Rome‘s first episode featuring Walker in the buff. Ooo la la!)

John Carter of Mars is reportedly set to start filming this November for release in 2012.

Source: THR via Slash Film

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  1. Sorry Kofi, tossing around and occasional “Ello Guvna” doesn’t equate to talent :-P

  2. Very happy to see Polly Walker join the cast. Loved her in Rome-she was delightfully evil.

  3. Hey,

    Don’t be hating on Channing Tatum.

    Channing Tatum doesn’t lower the stock of ANY film in people‚Äôs minds JUST your opinion but whatever……

    Everyone has different taste some will agree with you and some will agree with me and that’s my G.I. Joe you are talking about.

    It’s just so very rude of a guy trying his best to be a great actor (everything takes time and some people even think his great now).

    Channing Tatum is currently filming Eagle of the Ninth with Academy Award Winner Director Kevin Macdonald, so please get real and I predict the stock will RISE AND RISE AND RISE.

    Back to John Carter of Mars really looking forward to it, hope no one picks up a Syndrome in this new movie for their sake.

  4. Seeing Polly Walker cast is the first thing to really make me take notice of this film. She was excellent in “Rome,” truly a fantastic character and one I doubt anyone else could have played near as well as she.

  5. @ Cool

    I have no problem with Tatum, personally. I don’t hate on the guy for getting his in the industry.

    But “Channing Tatum Syndrome” is very real. Trust me, I hear from the people afflicted EVERY DAY. Just how it is.

  6. @ Kofi Outlaw

    Thanks for your response but TRUST ME there might be some problems within the industry and you hear from the people afflicted EVERY DAY, so do I (it’s also called life) but just to be 100% clear in any language, it’s NOT called the Channing Tatum Syndrome another word maybe but NOT the Channing Tatum Syndrome.

    By the way, a little tip, if you claim you are not hating on the guy stop calling it the Channing Tatum Syndrome because it’s STILL offence and you are surely smarter than that even for a punchline angle to your article, not necessary man.

    It’s good to debate but again let’s focus back to John Carter of Mars Adds Three……We Cool but CLEAR (delete Channing Tatum name not fair or cool)!