'John Carter' Poster: Taylor Kitsch Is Mars' Best Hope

John CarterLadies and gentlemen, feast your eyes: "John Carter" has arrived.

Well, in a manner of speaking, at least. The first official poster for "John Carter" is here, showing Taylor Kitsch as the military man who finds himself suddenly thrust into the thick of an epic conflict between the various warring parties on Mars. It's Pixar staple Andrew Stanton's first live-action directorial effort, and based on what co-star Mark Strong had to say about the project recently — not to mention what we're seeing in this teaser poster — it's looking like "Carter" won't disappoint.

Check out the full poster past the jump!

Pretty cool, no? Here's an official synopsis of "Carter," in case you're not familiar with the Edgar Rice Burrows tale:

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes "John Carter"--a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). "John Carter" is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

"John Carter" hits theaters on March 9, 2012.

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