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.
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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.
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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.