Taylor Kitsch is a man of few words and many pecs. At least that was my takeaway from the new trailer for John Carter, the first live action movie from Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo). The teaser for the outer-space epic keeps much of the movie’s content close to its chest, only imparting a few details with some well-placed mood music courtesy of Peter Gabriel by way of Arcade Fire. More details and full trailer after the jump.

In Carter, Kitsch plays the titular Civil War veteran. While the denizens of Earth think he died in the conflict, he is actually transplanted to Mars. There he finds an otherworldly damsel (X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s Lynn Collins), who is indeed in distress. So bring on the chest-baring body armor and the unreasonably high leaping skills! In a change of pace from your average alien-fightin’ flick, the trailer’s somber, chilling music provides a nice counterpoint to the many action sequences shown.

The movie, co-written by Stanton and Michael Chabon, boasts an all-star cast that includes Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, Ciarán Hinds, Willem Dafoe, and Dominic West.

John Carter
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  • 132 minutes