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2 more of Mars

09.30.2009

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Things are moving along quite nicely for Pixar's live-action JOHN CARTER OF MARS, with a cast confirmation and 2 new additions to what is already a solid and impressive ensemble. Except for Taylor Kitsch - no offense but his Gambit didn't quite dazzle me. Neither did the rest of the movie, to be fair.

The folks of THR's Heat Vision blog were able to confirm Thomas Hayden Church was signed as a villain (of course...poor Tom) named Taj Hajus. Good thing that film's in English 'cause in French that name sounds a little funny.

Also joining up are James Purefoy fresh off SOLOMON KANE to play Kantos Kan, and SHERLOCK HOLMES baddie Mark Strong as Matai Shang. I really should read those books again 'cause those names come up blank to me. Anybody with better memory than me to weigh in, please?

Extra Tidbit: Just watched TOMBSTONE again during the weekend; funny to see a film where Church was slim (and young), while Billy Bob Thornton was a fat bastard. Now he's not fat. *cough*

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2:02PM on 09/30/2009
Am I the only one most excited to hear Mark Strong's name being added to the cast? The man is a great actor and when given a meaty role, can practically steal the show sometimes...
Am I the only one most excited to hear Mark Strong's name being added to the cast? The man is a great actor and when given a meaty role, can practically steal the show sometimes...
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1:34PM on 09/30/2009

The cast really does sound great, except for the two leads

I've seen them each in a few things now, and neither Taylor Kitsch or Lynn Collins impress me... at all. However Andrew Stanton is one talented guy so I'm sure if there's a good performance to be had he'll squeeze it out of them.
I've seen them each in a few things now, and neither Taylor Kitsch or Lynn Collins impress me... at all. However Andrew Stanton is one talented guy so I'm sure if there's a good performance to be had he'll squeeze it out of them.
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1:13PM on 09/30/2009
Great cast, including Kitsch, in my opinion! Cannot wait for this!
Great cast, including Kitsch, in my opinion! Cannot wait for this!
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10:19AM on 09/30/2009

Agree with Grungybones

I am not digging Taylor as Carter. They should have waited and just asked Purefoy. Hopefully he'll blow us all away and show pure badassness in this flick. Everything else is sounding good. Too bad Diora Baird isn't on board.
I am not digging Taylor as Carter. They should have waited and just asked Purefoy. Hopefully he'll blow us all away and show pure badassness in this flick. Everything else is sounding good. Too bad Diora Baird isn't on board.
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9:28AM on 09/30/2009

Not Carter...

James Purefoy would make a better Carter than that kid. The Warlord of Mars had some years on him, and ages of wars in his eyes. I just don't see it in the kid.
James Purefoy would make a better Carter than that kid. The Warlord of Mars had some years on him, and ages of wars in his eyes. I just don't see it in the kid.
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