Ned (Of '& Stacy'), The Philanthropist, and Strong Join 'John Carter' (of 'Mars')

September 30, 2009

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Get out your John Carter of Mars notebook and a #2 pencil, because I've got some new names for you to add to the cast list of the film:

Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy and Mark Strong have joined the cast of joined “John Carter of Mars,” Disney’s adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton is directing.

Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins topline the production, which centers on a Civil War veteran (Kitsch) who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where he becomes embroiled with the planet’s warring people.

Church plays Tal Hajus, an ambitious and vicious Thark warrior who is biding his time to be a ruler.

Purefoy plays Kantos Kan, the captain of the Xavarian, the kingdom of Helium’s grand warship. Strong is Matai Shang, the ruler of the Thems with godlike status.

Right. Tal Hajus the Thark; Kantos Kan, captain of Helium's famous Xavarian warship; and Matai Shang, the godlike ruler of the Thems. You get all that? OK, good. Because I'm delirious with fever and need to lie down for the rest of the day after trying to process those words. (Seriously.)

'John Carter of Mars' nets three more actors [Heat Vision]

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