Another casting announcement for the upcoming film adaptation of John Carter of Mars was released today, adding Willem Dafoe’s name to the cast.
Last month we heard the first big casting decisions for the movie which included Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch alongside Lynn Collins (both of whom were a part of X-Men Origins: Wolverine earlier this summer) as the leads.
Shortly after that, Thomas Haden Church openly revealed in a video interview that he’d probably be playing a “very dramatic role” in John Carter of Mars which has yet to be confirmed.
Dafoe will be playing the role of Tars Tarkas, a green Martian who eventually befriends the protagonist, John Carter, after an unfriendly beginning to their relationship. Tarkas is a warrior and leader of his people and a very unique one at that because he, against the laws and norms of his society, shows compassion and sympathy, and even had a child secretly with the woman he loved (child bearing is a major criminal offense).
A green Martian sounds perfect for the actor well-known for playing the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man film franchise. Speaking of Marvel film characters, four of the actors we’ve heard associated with the movie are all featured as prominent characters in recent Marvel films.
Continuing the trend of casting Marvel heroes and villains, we may now have two from Fox’s X-Men franchise and two from Sony’s Spider-Man franchise. All we need are two from Marvel Studios’ franchises and we’d have some balanced coverage.
I’m a big fan of Dafoe and I think he’s incredibly talented. Adding him to the cast of this movie only helps it in my opinion and from what I’ve read of the role he’ll be playing, he’s a perfect fit.
The film will be directed by Andrew Stanton and is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic series of science fiction novels. Shooting begins in Utah this November.
What do you think of the cast thus far?
John Carter of Mars will likely open in 2012 and is set to start filming this November.