Three More Actors Go to ‘Mars’

john-carter-of-mars-book-artFirst, there was Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins and then Willem Dafoe. Now, there’s three more actors confirmed for Andrew (Wall-E) Stanton’s big screen version of John Carter of Mars. Along with the casting news, there’s also a few spoilers concerning Martian politics and things of that nature, so be aware.

Minority Report‘s Samantha Morton and The Wire‘s Dominic West have joined the cast of the Walt Disney version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel. Morton will play Dafoe’s daughter, Sola, while West’s character will be the Zodangan prince Sab Than, who feels that he should be the one to rule all of Mars. Rounding out the three new actors is Rome’s Polly Walker playing the role of Sarkoja, who is described as “a merciless, tyrannical Thark.” Is there any other kind?

The film, in case you’re not aware, centers on a Civil War veteran (Kitsch) who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars where he becomes embroiled with the planet’s warring people and kicks a lot of green butt. The movie is expected to start production early next year for a release in 2012.

  • Chris Ullrich
    August 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

    It does look fun and I’m excited to see how it turns out. I don’t think Strong was ever confirmed so at this point I wouldn’t count on him to be in the film.

  • weetiger3
    August 26, 2009 at 8:06 am

    This looks like a lot of fun and already has a great cast. Has anyone heard whether or not Mark Strong is still attached? He’s listed on imdb, but nothing that I’ve heard lately about this film mentions him.

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