Bryan Cranston Joins Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars

January 14, 2010

Bryan Cranston

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!

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  • Angel
    "a Civil War veteran finds himself mysteriously transported to xxxx, where he becomes involved with the planet's warring people." Sounds exactly like a movie with blue people.
  • theotherbluth
    Actually this is based on old pulp scifi from the turn of the 20th century. So Avatar sounds a lot like a really old book. However, this cast sounds awesome! I'll be waiting for a trailer.
  • Xerxex
    Angel do research before comparing Avatar to John Carter of Mars.
  • Greedo
    "Sounds exactly like a movie with blue people." So he was on the Union side?
  • twittwit
    Awsome Plot Great Cast This Movie is full of WIN!
  • NMFilmgirl
    Looking forward to this! Great cast and director. And congrats to Bryan Cranston who is awesome in "Breaking Bad". Nice to see him making more films.
  • Mr. Luddite
    Its a shame that tons of people that have no idea about the John Carter series of books will think that the upcoming movie ripped off tons of its ideas from Avatar, from the 10 ft. tall aliens to the 6-8 limbed creatures, it will all look like copy cat time to the uninformed. But I'm sure that Stanton and company can overcome this small hurdle and I look forward to an amazing adventure across the sands of Barsoom.
  • this is my most anticipated future movie. Somehow I think it might get very big, and miss space operas and sf epics a lot.




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