Bryan Cranston Joins Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars
by Ethan Anderton
January 14, 2010
Although Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton's next film, the live-action & CGI hybrid John Carter of Mars, has already put together an interesting cast including Thomas Haden Church, Willem Dafoe, Taylor Kitsch, Samantha Morton, Dominic West, James Purefoy and Mark Strong, adding one more to the line-up couldn't hurt as THR's Heat Vision reports that Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (of AMC's "Breaking Bad") is the latest to join the cast. Cranston will play a Civil War colonel who comes into conflict with John Carter. It'll be a nice return to the big screen for him since his last appearance was in 2006's Little Miss Sunshine.
In this adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series, John Carter, a Civil War veteran finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where he becomes involved with the planet's warring people. Aside from Kitsch, it looks like Cranston is the only other actor announced so far who isn't playing an alien on Mars. And with the film being made as a live-action & CGI hybrid, all the actors and especially filmmaker Andrew Stanton are going to have quite the uphill battle to separate themselves from that other big live-action/CGI hybrid you may have heard about: a little independent film slowly gaining some buzz known as Avatar.
The comparisons will be inevitable and I don't envy being in Stanton's shoes come press time. But of course, Stanton is no stranger to success or spectacular storytelling, so I can't wait to see the first frame from this!