Friday Night Lights and Battleship star Taylor Kitsch is transported to another planet -- and in the middle of an all-out war -- in the sweeping action-adventure John Carter, in theaters Friday.
Based on the classic story by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs -- whose tales inspired such visionary filmmakers as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron -- John Carter casts Kitsch in the title role as a war-weary Civil War vet who is unexpectedly transported to the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom, aka Mars.
There, Carter becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including the nine-foot, four-armed alien 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 mighty hands.
Also starring Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, Polly Walker, Daryl Sabara and Thomas Haden Church, the film marks the live-action debut of Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton, who delighted audiences with Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo and WALL-E.