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John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction action film that tells the adventures of John Carter, the heroic protagonist of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume Barsoom series. The film marks the centennial of the character's first appearance.
Former Confederate captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is mysteriously transported to Mars ("Barsoom") where he becomes part of a conflict between the various nations of the planet, whose leaders include Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). Carter takes it upon himself to save Barsoom and its people from a growing threat.
The film is the live-action debut of director/writer Andrew Stanton; his previous work includes the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo and WALL-E. Co-written by Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, it is produced by Jim Morris, Colin Wilson, and Lindsey Collins, and scored by Michael Giacchino.
Walt Disney Pictures is distributing the film and released it in the United States on March 9, 2012; the film is shown in regular 2D and in the Digital 3D and IMAX 3D formats. Filming began in November 2009 with principal photography underway in January 2010, wrapping seven months later in July 2010.
Running Time: 132 minutes
Release Date: 9 March 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Dominic West and Willem Dafoe
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Written by: Andrew Stanton (screenplay), Mark Andrews (screenplay) and Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
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