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Battleship – Gambit joins Peter Berg’s fleet

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010

Taylor Kitsch, he who was Gambit, and who is playing John Carter is joining the crew of Peter Berg’s sci-fi alien invasion action film, Battleship, based on the Hasbro board game.

The script, by Jon and Erich Hoeber, sees an international fleet come together to battle a water-bound armada of otherworldly origin.

I had previously reported that, Jeremy Renner (S.W.A.T., 28 Weeks Later, The Hurt Locker), was in the running for the role but, according to Heat Vision, he is going on to Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest drama, with scheduling conflicts preventing his involvement in both.

Kitsch is playing a Naval commander named Alex Hopper, described as “wildly spirited” and “a great seaman but a lousy politician.”

Other key roles in the film include the female lead as well as a Japanese commander.

Do you think Kitsch is the right choice for the film? Are you excited about a film based on the board game?

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Green Lantern – Mark Strong talks Sinestro

Posted by LiveFor on April 7, 2010

Mark Strong just keeps going from strength to strength. Yep he is mainly playing the bad guys in films such as Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, John Carter of Mars and future Green Lantern films. However, for the moment his character of Sinestro in the latter film will be one of the good guys, as set up in the comic. Here is what he had to say to USA Weekend.

“For anybody who’s familiar with the Green Lantern and the origin story, the film closely follows the early comics. Sinestro starts out as Hal Jordan’s mentor, slightly suspicious and not sure of him because obviously Hal is the first human being who’s made into a Green Lantern. He’s certainly very strict and certainly unsure of the wisdom of Hal becoming a Green Lantern,” Strong says. “He is a military guy but isn’t immediately bad. It’s the kind of person he is that lends himself to becoming bad over the course of the comics being written, but initially he’s quite a heroic figure.”
Will they keep Sinestro’s pencil moustache?

“That widow’s peak and thin mustache was for some reason originally based on David Niven, and Hal Jordan was based on Errol Flynn,” says Strong, who recently got fitted for special Sinestro contact lenses. “In the ’30s and ’40s, they shared an apartment together in Hollywood when they were making movies and they were great friends. Obviously at the time, whoever was doing the original comics must have looked at them as guys doing very well in the film industry, and based those characters on them. So I would like to do justice to the Sinestro that was conceived for the comic books.”

The fact he mentions David Niven is just fantastic. Who doesn’t like Niven – A Matter of Life and Death is one of my faves.

Really looking forward to see what Strong does with the role.

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John Carter of Mars – Malcolm in the Middle’s Dad joins Pixar’s first live action movie

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad) has joined the cast of Walt Disney’s “John Carter of Mars.” He will play a Civil War colonel who comes into conflict with Carter.

Andrew Stanton is directing the production, which goes before cameras next week in Utah.

The film also stars Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, True Blood), Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton (In America, Control), Dominic West (300, Chicago), Polly Walker (Patriot Games), Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways, George of the Jungle), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, RockNRolla, Kick-Ass), and James Purefoy (Ironclad, Solomon Kane).

The adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series centers on Civil War veteran John Carter (Kitsch), who is mysteriously transported to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris (Collins), Princess of Helium, who is in desperate need of a savior and Tars Tarkas (Dafoe), a brutal and mirthless green Martian warrior, who possesses the unusual characteristic to feel love and empathy.

Church plays Tal Hajus – “an ambitious and vicious Thark warrior who is biding his time to be a ruler.” Strong plays Matai Shang, a godlike leader of the Holy Therns – “that ancient cult which for countless ages has been credited with holding the secret of life and death in their impregnable fastnesses upon the hither slopes of the Mountains of Otz.”

Purefoy will be Kantos Kan, the captain of a Helium warship. Morton will play Sola, the daughter of Tars Tarkas, 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.”

Stanton wrote the screenplay with Mark Andrews. Jim Morris, who produced “WALL-E,” and Colin Wilson are producing “Carter.”

As Cranston is playing a Civil War colonel I don’t imagine him being in the film that much. Presumably near the beginning before Carter gets to Mars.

The movie will be a hybrid of live action and CGI and should be out in 2012.

This may be Pixar’s first foray into the world of live action, but as all of their films have had the story and characters come first I reckon we will be in for something amazing. Plus they have got one hell of a cast for the trilogy.

Source: Heat Vision

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John Carter of Mars – Mark Strong talks about the beginning of a trilogy

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

Collider have a great interview with man of the moment Mark Strong. He talks about his roles in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass.

However, he also spoke about Pixar’s John Carter of Mars. The adaption of Edgar Rice Burroughs work is directed by Andrew Stanton it stars Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe. Strong plays the villainous Matai Shang and it sounds as if this could be a mind blowing film.

“I play a character called Matai Shang and he is the ruler of a group of people called the Ferns who are like the old Olympian Gods. They exist….people aren’t really sure if they exist, but basically he’s a master of the Universe. They travel ’round keeping order in the Universe. So basically he exists over and above the Martians that exist on the planet. Like I say, he’s like an Olympian God. I mean getting to play Mati Shang Master of the Universe, it doesn’t get much better than that.

He is, over the course of the 3 movies that they’re envisioning making and I’ve seen the synopsis of the 2nd and 3rd, basically and in the novels, Princess of Mars that Rice Burroughs wrote, Matai Shang is basically John Carter’s nemesis. So he comes into his own during the 2nd half of the current movie and then just basically gets bigger and bigger in the 2nd and 3rd.

With the mix of live action and CGI it sounds like it could be along the lines of Avatar, but when asked about whether it was in 3D Strong said he had not been told if it was.

I don’t believe so. Not that I know of, no. I’ve certainly never heard that or been told that. No, I know it’s a combination of live action and motion capture. That’s all I know for right now.

I mean it looks phenomenal. I mean his conception of it is extraordinary. I mean it’s “Avatar” type territory and I think the point I was making before about these Pixar’s guys are always wanting to be in the vanguard. They want to be leading from the front. They’re giving the public stories that the public don’t even know they want. I mean a story about a fish? A story about an old guy keeping his house? On paper, these must seem like, you know, how on earth are you going to carry those things off. Talking toys? Come on. But they I think Andrew said they’re in the business of giving the public what they want before they know they want it. So I can totally imagine he’s gone to see “Avatar” and that’ll just set the cogs whirring in his brain and the twinkle in his eye because he’ll just want to surpass it, no question.

I think it’s something like a $200 million budget. It starts in January and I actually go through to May. I think some of it is also filming in Utah, so it’s a 5 month production based largely in London with some exterior scenes in the desert I assume in Utah. So it’s a massive production.

This is definitely shaping up to be something that could well be spectacular.

Willem Dafoe talked about the film a while back and went into the development of the Martian culture and language.

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Willem Dafoe talks Martian Make-Up in John Carter of Mars

Posted by LiveFor on October 20, 2009

tarstarkasFilming is due to start in January on the adaption of John Carter of Mars. Willem Dafoe is set to play Tars Tarkas, a many-limbed green Martian warrior who befriends Carter (Taylor Kitsch) after he gets mysteriously transported from Civil War-era America to the Red Planet.

“I’ve seen renderings,” said Willem when talking about the look of his character. “This is Disney, anyway, but it’s Andrew Stanton. And, I’ve seen a lot of the designs and things, and I’ve just started to do prep work now. I’m doing a play in New York, so I’m kind of preoccupied by that, but I’m starting doing scans and things like that, but it’s going to be a real full-on… Well, I’m nine feet tall with four arms, but, just from the scheduling, I’m going to do the stuff.”

As Stanton himself told us earlier this year, “John Carter” will be the “perfect definition of a hybrid movie,” integrating live-action and computer-based animation. Co-star Lynn Collins (Wolverine), who will play humanoid Martian princess Dejah Thoris, has already started hair and makeup tests and told us her look will be akin to the “best-tan-you-can-ever-imagine.”

How will Dafoe and the CGI be integrated?

“Well, we hope. And, also, they’ll use my face, but they’ll enhance it in a way–both after and before–in a way that I may not be recognizable. But, I’m good with that. It’s particularly cool, because he’s a creature, but he’s got this huge range of character. And, he does cool things in the movies.”

He then went on to talk about the language and culture of the Martians.

“There’s a whole period where we’re going to work with the language and the movement, and find out how I’m going to be nine feet tall, and all that stuff…like, a long period of time where we’re going to go to Thark school, you know what I mean? We’re going to create our culture. So, it’s going to be very cool. These guys know how to do this, and they’ve got great people. And, the designs and things are just mind-blowing.”

“It’s got some stuff to it,” he said in deep contemplation. “It’s got a point of view.”

“I don’t want to say it’s political,” he hinted, “but in the same way that ‘Tarzan’ isn’t just about a man in a loincloth…”

Sounds like this could be quite a deep film with a very cool look.

Source: AICN & MTV

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John Carter of Mars gets Solomon Kane, Sandman and Lord Blackwood

Posted by LiveFor on September 30, 2009

js1024_JAMES_PUREFOYJames Purefoy (Solomon Kane), Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways) and Mark Strong (RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes) have officially boarded John Carter of Mars, according to Heat Vision. Haden Church had mentioned he would be in it a while ago.

Andrew Stanton is directing Disney’s adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books. Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins star in the film, alongside Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Dominic West, Polly Walker.

The film centers on a Civil War veteran (Kitsch) who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where he becomes embroiled with the planet’s warring people.

Church plays Tal Hajus, an ambitious and vicious Thark warrior who is biding his time to be a ruler.

Purefoy plays Kantos Kan, the captain of the Xavarian, the kingdom of Helium’s grand warship. Strong is Matai Shang, the ruler of the Thems with godlike status.

All in all it is shaping up to have one hell of a cast.

Source: MovieWeb

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John Carter of Mars has a few more faces

Posted by LiveFor on August 24, 2009

dominic-west-3Not heard anything on Andrew Stanton’s adaption of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars for a while.

However, today The Hollywood Reporter has the news that actors Samantha Morton, Dominic West (The Wire, 300, Punisher War Zone) and Polly Walker (Rome, Clash of the Titans) are joining the cast on Mars.

Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe are already part of this project. It follows a Civil War veteran (Kitsch) who gets transported to Mars. While there, he gets caught up in a war between the people of that planet. Collins plays Dejah Thoris, Princess of the Empire of Helium and the story’s love interest. Dafoe plays the Martian Tars Tarkas

Morton will play the role of Sola. She is the daughter of Dafoe’s Tars Tarkas.

West will play Sab Than. He is prince of the Zodangans and he believes he is entitled to rule Mars. Lastly, Walker plays the role of Sarkoja. She is domineering Thark.

The screenplay was written by Stanton and Mark Andrews. The plan is for John Carter of Mars to go into production in early 2010.

Still not sure how the effects are going to be done – will the actors playing the Martians be all motion capture or a mixture of prosthetics and CGI? I suppose the success of James Cameron’s Avatar may have a knock on effect for the look of this film.

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Willem Dafoe to be green in John Carter of Mars – No dodgy Goblin suit please

Posted by LiveFor on July 16, 2009

Willem Dafoe will star alongside Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins in John Carter of Mars, the Walt Disney Pictures fantasy epic to be directed by “Wall-E” helmer Andrew Stanton.

Dafoe will play the role of Tars Tarkas, a fierce green Martian warrior, who’s unusual among his savage race for his ability to love. Tars develops an alliance with John Carter in the first film, which is based on “A Princess of Mars.”

He fights battles alongside Carter through the entire series of Edgar Rice Burroughs books, so he will be hanging around for sequels.

Kitsch, who’s coming off “The Bang Bang Club” and the TV series “Friday Night Lights,” was set in June to play the title character, a damaged Civil War vet who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars. Collins, who acted alongside Kitsch in “Wolverine,” will play the Princess of Mars.

Will he be all green or a CGI motion capture type of character mixed in with the live action people?

Source: Variety

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More John Carter of Mars casting news

Posted by LiveFor on June 15, 2009


News last week said the John Carter of Mars film adaption was going to start shooting soon with Andrew Stanton (WALL=E) at the helm. Then it turned out that Taylor Kitsch (Gambit in Wolverine) had been cast as Carter and Lynn Collins (Silverfox in Wolverine) as the Martian Princess Dejah Thoris.

During a recent discussion with Jeffrey Lyons on Reel Talk Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways) let it be known that he is also going to be in John Carter of Mars.

“I probably am going to do a huge science fiction drama at Disney called John Carter of Mars in the spring and that’s a very dramatic role.” Church stated.

Check out the full interview as it’s a good one and he also chats about Spider-Man and his other films.

I think Thomas Haden Church is a pretty cool actor and has one of those faces that will fit quite well with this film. Any idea who he could be playing in the film? To be honest I would picture him more as the character of John Carter.

Source: MovieWeb
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John Carter is Gambit? What the…!?

Posted by LiveFor on June 12, 2009

I mentioned that the John Carter of Mars film was starting filming soon and now it looks as if the main roles have been cast. To be honest I am a little surprised.

Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins will star in the adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton (WALL-E) is directing for Disney.

“Carter” centers on a civil war who veteran finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where his involvement with warring races of the dying planet force him to rediscover his humanity.

Kitsch (Gambit) will play the title character, Carter, while Collins will play Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Mars. Collins worked with Kitsch in Wolverine, playing Hugh Jackman’s character’s love interest Kayla Silverfox. She also co-stars in the HBO vampire drama “True Blood.”

Stanton wrote the screenplay with Mark Andrews. Jim Morris, who produced “WALL-E,” and Colin Wilson are producing “Carter,” which is eyeing a start in early 2010.

The role of Carter was considered one of “the” gets for a young actor, and Disney has spent months meeting and testing a wide swath of names from Jon Hamm to Josh Duhamel during its search.

This casting seems a little off. I always pictured Carter as being physically older.

How do you feel about the casting choice?

Source: THR, Variety

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