Willem Dafoe Joining Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins in Andrew Stanton’s JOHN CARTER OF MARS

     July 15, 2009

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Willem Dafoe can happen at any time.  He’s an actor that just appears in random roles.  It’s not fair to say he’s a standard character actor because he can and does lead films from time to time.  He’s one of the leads in Lars Von Trier’s upcoming and reportedly batshit-insane “Antichrist” and he’s been the main villain in a major blockbuster like “Spider-Man”.  And then out of nowhere, he can be the fourth-supporting role in a movie like “Inside Man” or “The Aviator”.

Now Variety is reporting that Dafoe just happened to Andrew Stanton’s (“WALL-E”) upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars”.  Hit the jump to find out how Dafoe will happen this time.

According to Variety, Dafoe will play Tars Tarkas, a fierce green Martian warrior, who’s unusual among his savage race for his ability to love.  You had me at “Dafoe playing a green Martian warrior” but the ability to love?  Even better.  Apparently, Tars’ forges an alliance with John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) and the two fight side-by-side in all of the book so if there’s sequels, Dafoe could happen to those too.

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