It seems to be a pretty big week for trailers with everyone vying for a piece of the Harry Potter action, and Disney is also getting into the act by releasing the very first trailer for their upcoming 2012 blockbuster John Carter (formerly known as “John Carter of Mars”). Based on the pulp novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the movie stars Taylor Kitsch (Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as an American Civil War veteran who gets transported to Mars, where he finds himself caught up in a war between green Tharks and red Martians. Although he is initially aligned with the Tharks, when they capture a Martian princess (Lynn Collins) he attempts to rescue her.
We can see Spy Kids star Daryl Sabara playing a fictionalized version of Edgar Rice Burroughs at the beginning of the trailer (apparently the story is told as if Carter is a relative of Burroughs). Despite the fact that it takes place on Mars, it feels a lot more fantasy than sci-fi (comparisons to Disney’s Prince of Persia are to be expected). The effects are pretty impressive either way. At one point this was going to be Pixar’s first live-action film with Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) in the director’s chair, but in the end it only bears the Disney logo. John Carter hits theatres on March 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.