Jason Flemyng To Join John Carter Of Mars?29.08.09 # News # 2 Comments
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen actor Jason Flemyng has let slip that he could well be in line for a role in the forthcoming Disney adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars.
The British thesp seems uncertain as to how close he is to landing his desired part, but there can be no questioning how badly he wants the gig;
“There’s a movie coming out… I’m not definitely on it, but I’m desperate to get on it… It’s already cast, but the people who have been cast haven’t been signed, so a couple of them hopefully will pull out or fall out or whatever. They’re doing John Carter of Mars, which you probably know more about than me.”
With X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s Gambit, Taylor Kitsch, having been cast in the title role, Flemyng is already excited about the vision that director Andrew Stanton has for the movie.
“He directed Finding Nemo and Wall-E, so Pixar and Disney, to thank him for the ten billion dollars he made them, have given him his first live-action feature and it’s this amazing story, not too dissimilar to the story of Avatar, about a human being on a planet and saving that planet from revolution. It’s amazing! It’s absolutely incredible.”
Following his turn playing dad to a wrinkly Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Flemyng is set to appear as patriarch in another budget-busting extravaganza next summer, as he dons the toga of Acrisius, grandfather of hero Perseus, in Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans. Which – if my copy of Tales of Greek Heroes is to be believed – should mean that Flemyng will be slain by Perseus (played in the movie, somewhat inevitably, by Sam Worthington) via a poorly-aimed discus. Can’t wait to see the CGI on that money shot.
Flemyng also confirmed he will definitely be appearing in “a movie called Ironclad, which is a British feature with Bob Hoskins, Brian Cox and about seven Knights of the Templar, holding a keep against the invading army of King John (whose nefarious boots will reportedly be filled by Paul Giamatti). Real great fourteenth-century stuff. I’ll be doing that in November and December.”
John Carter of Mars is not due to get anywhere near a movie theatre till 2010, but my anticipation has already been fired by the involvement of Stanton and, in a screenwriting capacity, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon. Flemyng would surely offer reliable acting support, and he certainly seems very keen indeed to be involved in what could well be an exciting (albeit long way-off) release.