John Carter (film) A war-weary, former Civil War captain, John Carter, is accidentally transported to the planet of Barsoom (Mars) where he is befriended by Tars Tarkas, the leader of the Tharks, tall, green, four-armed creatures. He soon becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict among other inhabitants of the planet, with Zodanga fighter, Sab Than, aided by shape-shifting Therns, battling the peaceful community of Helium and attempting to marry their princess, Dejah Thoris, against her wishes. On the mysterious and exotic planet, Carter soon finds his strength and jumping abilities greatly amplified. In a world on the brink of collapse, he rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Stars Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), Lynn Collins (Dejah Thoris), Willem Dafoe (Tars Tarkas), Samantha Morton (Sola), Dominic West (Sab Than), Polly Walker (Sarkoja), Ciaran Hinds (Tardos Mors). Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, A Princess of Mars. Released March 9, 2012 in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX. This is the first live-action film directed by Pixar director Andrew Stanton. Filmed in CinemaScope. The film was a disappointment at the box office, leading to a huge write-off.