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What is it with the 'John Carter' marketing campaign and killer rock songs? The first teaser used Arcade Fire's "My Body is a Cage" to hauntingly great effect, making what initially seemed like another 'Prince of Persia' into something with gravitas (and Tim Riggins Taylor Kitsch shirtless). Now, the full trailer comes along and throws a variation of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" in your face (or perhaps "Come With Me" by Puff Daddy; uh-huh, yeah) as a way to amp up the wall-to-wall action presented. Spoiler: it works, even if 'John Carter' still looks like an amalgam of 'Prince of Persia,' 'Return of the Jedi,' 'Avatar,' 'Wild Wild West' and 'Braveheart.' Freeeeeedommmmmmmmm ... for martians.

Directed by Andrew Stanton ('WALL*E'), 'John Carter' focuses on the titular Carter (Kitsch), a downtrodden Civil War veteran who gets transported to Mars and must come to the aide of a distressed princess (Lynn Collins). It's based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs series 'Barsoom,' specifically 'A Princess of Mars,' the first entry in the 11-part book serial.

Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Samantha Morton, Ciaran Hinds and Mark Strong co-star. Let's hope this one works out better for Strong than his previous effort as an alien: 'Green Lantern.'

'John Carter' lands in theaters on March 9, 2012.

[via IGN]



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