I find myself wishing baby sitters were cheaper because really great movies are coming out this month. One of them being the Epic John Carter, I say Epic because it’s going to be Epic! John Carter storms it’s way into theaters March 9, 2012.
Are you one of those that doesn’t really know what the movie is about? I was too but now that I know I can use words like epic and tell you what it’s about. It’s based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Academy Award®–winning writer/director Andrew Stanton finds himself elated to be the director. He never dreamed that he would get the chance to bring the books to the big screen as the live-action film “John Carter.” Says Stanton, “I stumbled across the book at the perfect age; I was about 10 years old, maybe 11. I fell in love with the concept of a human finding himself on Mars, among these amazing creatures, and finding that he has his own unique powers. It was a very romantic aspect of adventure and science fiction. I was really more of a movie fan. I wanted to see the ideas in Burroughs’ books up on the screen so I could go and see them there, but I never thought that I would be the person behind the movie being made.”
It has great actors like Dominic West who plays the villainous Sab Than. Dominic recalls that writer/director Andrew Stanton’s passion for “John Carter” was infectious from the moment they met. “Andrew is a genius storyteller,” says West, who is best known to American audiences for his portrayal of Det. James “Jimmy” McNulty on the highly acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” but has also built a prolific and impressive career in film, on television, radio and the stage.
Also starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds and William Dafoe. For Taylor Kitsch, who put himself on the map playing Riggins on the highly acclaimed TV series “Friday Night Lights,” the chance to play the title role of John Carter in Academy Award®–winning writer/director Andrew Stanton’s “John Carter,” was something he was not going to pass up.
In an interview he said, “When I first read the script, I was drawn to the character-driven story and the fact that it will benefit from being a big studio movie,” he says. “It gave the filmmakers a chance to make the film in an amazing way. You get to know John Carter’s background with his family, the Civil War and everything. It’s heavy to play but it gives me such a base to draw from through the whole movie. For example, in one scene, you’ll see Carter playing with his rings and you’ll know what that truly means to him. It’s great as an actor because it’s something to really dive into.”
With fantastic costumes, creative writing and a fantastic crew John Carter tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. EPIC!
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