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John Carter cast!

06.12.2009
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Just this morning I wondered when we'd hear some casting news on JOHN CARTER OF MARS. Just a few hours later, Disney has announced the two leads for the film.

Director Andrew Stanton must've been a big fan of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (the only one?) because he's reuniting stars Taylor Kitsch (Gambit) and Lynn Collins (Silverfox) to star as John Carter and Dejah Thoris respectively. I'll be honest and say the casting surprises me, mostly because I would've thought they'd go for a bigger name and an older actor for the role of Carter (though in fairness to Kitsch, he's only two years shy of the 30-year-old character). Now that I look at Collins though, she does have a certain exotic beauty that would fit Dejan. And though her acting in WOLVERINE was nothing short of awkward, she has done fine work elsewhere, notably against Al Pacino in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.

The casting neither blows me away nor disappoints me. But what do you guys think? At this point I suppose I'm just willing to trust Stanton and his producers that they've found the right people (WALL-E at least gives him that much credit).

Source: Variety

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7:51PM on 06/13/2009
Wasn't Harry Knowles of AICN at one point part of this project as a producer? Guess he's not onboard any longer since Paramount dropped the project and Disney took over. Regarding the casting news, I think it's cool. Though I didn't particularly care for Wolverine, I though Collins was quite OK in it.
Wasn't Harry Knowles of AICN at one point part of this project as a producer? Guess he's not onboard any longer since Paramount dropped the project and Disney took over. Regarding the casting news, I think it's cool. Though I didn't particularly care for Wolverine, I though Collins was quite OK in it.
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10:25AM on 06/13/2009
They've been talking about making this movie for a looooonnnnngggg time. I'm glad they're finally doing it. With relative unknowns makes it better.
They've been talking about making this movie for a looooonnnnngggg time. I'm glad they're finally doing it. With relative unknowns makes it better.
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7:27PM on 06/12/2009

Yes!

I'm not exactly "excited" like a school girl over this casting news but I'm a HUGE fan of casting unknowns in big roles. I think it shows that a filmmaker has guts and isn't just looking for something to make money. Stanton proved that on Wall-E so I'm not too surprised he did this. Good move though!
I'm not exactly "excited" like a school girl over this casting news but I'm a HUGE fan of casting unknowns in big roles. I think it shows that a filmmaker has guts and isn't just looking for something to make money. Stanton proved that on Wall-E so I'm not too surprised he did this. Good move though!
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6:53PM on 06/12/2009
Not bad. I liked him in Wolverine. If he impressed Stanton, he must have done something right. Good idea casting a relative known in the role.
Not bad. I liked him in Wolverine. If he impressed Stanton, he must have done something right. Good idea casting a relative known in the role.
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