Willem Dafoe gets his ass to John Carter of Mars

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Willem Dafoe wore green armor as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man, and now he's going full green monty as an alien warlord in John Carter of Mars, WALL-E director Andrew Stanton's first live-action movie.

Dafoe will star alongside Wolverine co-stars Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins in the adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi fantasy series of books, Variety reported.

Here's what the trade paper said:

Dafoe will play the role of Tars Tarkas, a fierce green Martian warrior, who's unusual among his savage race for his ability to love. Tars develops an alliance with John Carter in the first film, which is based on A Princess of Mars.

He fights battles alongside Carter through the entire series of Edgar Rice Burroughs books, so he will be hanging around for sequels.

Kitsch, who appeared all too briefly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as the cane-twirling Gambit, will play the title character in Mars, a damaged Civil War vet who finds himself mysteriously transported to the Red Planet.

Collins, who played Wolverine's ill-fated Kayla Silverfox, will play the Princess of Mars. Stanton wrote the script with Mark Andrews. John Carter of Mars is slated for release sometime in 2012.