Exclusive: Lynn Collins & Thomas Haden Church on John Carter

Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars” stories are anxiously awaiting the release of Disney’s John Carter in the New Year, directed by Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo and WALL•E. In the last couple of weeks, ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype has spoken to two of the stars of the movie, Lynn Collins and Thomas Haden Church, and we got them to talk a bit about their own characters.

Collins may be best known among SHH readers as Silver Fox to Hugh Jackman’s Logan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and oddly, we spoke with Collins on the day the newest trailer had been released.

“I’ve seen bits,” she told us when asked about how much of the movie she’s seen. “I think that there is a story that’s about to be told that hopefully people will latch onto in an emotional, visceral, physical way. I just think it has so much to offer and Andrew Stanton is just one of the best storytellers we have out there. Pixar is very specific and I think they have their process and Disney is really allowing them to have their process, so things are coming out slowly.”

Of course, Thomas Haden Church also has his comic movie roots, having played Sandman in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, but oddly, we don’t remember having him seen him in any of the trailers.

“I am almost unrecognizable,” he told us. “Willem Dafoe and myself and Samantha Morton are all in the same tribe of Martian inhabitants, and yeah, it’s that kind of a role that sprang out of a lot of the morphing of human and xenomorph that you saw in ‘Avatar.’”

Look for our full interview with Collins with Gaby Dellal, director of her new movie Angel’s Crest, as well as more from Thomas Haden Church in our coverage of Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, which opens Friday, December 23. Both of those will be over at ComingSoon.net. John Carter opens on March 9.