Thomas Haden Church Joins John Carter of Mars?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated March 17th, 2014 at 10:15 am,

It’s just your average Marvel character party this week. Sandman, Gambit and Silver Fox who were featured in Spider-Man 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine respectively will probably be hanging out on Mars come November.

It appears that Thomas Haden Church will likely be playing a part in John Carter of Mars, the upcoming film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic series of science fiction novels. If confirmed, Church will be joining Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins who were just announced to be playing the lead roles in the movie.

According to Thomas Haden Church in a video interview with Reel Talk, he had this to say in response to a question about picking and choosing projects back and forth between dramatic roles and comedic ones:

“I’m probably going to do a huge science fiction drama at Disney called ‘John Carter of Mars’ and that’s a very dramatic role”

Sounds good to me.

Church is a great actor with a great voice and I’ll be happy to see him join the cast alongside Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins. There’s no word yet on who he’ll be playing in the film but as soon as we find out, we’ll let you know.

To see the full interview for yourself, head over to Reel Talk

As for the film’s production, we’ve continually heard that this is Disney’s next major franchise. The film is to be directed by Andrew Stanton and is set to start production this November. Shooting will take place in Utah thanks to a recently approved $5.5 million tax credit. Stanton is choosing this location for filming to have it feel more real and avoid the aesthetic set up in films like Star Wars.

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

Source: Reel Talk, /Film

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  1. Back in 1993, I used to subscribe to a mainstream movie magazine, which nowadays is available online only. Back then I remember there was a column about rumors and inside info on productions that were being worked on at the time. John Carter of Mars was one of them. Back then it was called “The Princess of Mars”. The studios back then were not too eager to make sci-fi adventures in an often manner like we see today. So the major studio who had the rights to the novel’s adaptation would only green light this movie if two huge stars were attached. These were Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts.

    I guess that since tTom and Julie were not interested, the film went to development hell until now.

  2. So far so good.
    I am looking forward to this.

  3. I’m looking forward to this as well. I wasn’t impressed with the casting thus far, but Church isn’t a bad choice. I just hope they use the old marvel comics as reference points.

  4. @ JalexM,

    Very interesting… John Carter of Mars’ first appearance was in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel, ‘A Princess of Mars’

    To your other point, Tom Cruise apparently was interested in the project and met with Disney about doing a trilogy of films (likely, this project) – Not sure how long that was ago before he dropped out.