Wolverine's Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins journey to John Carter of Mars

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

X-Men Origins: Wolverine star Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins will star in John Carter of Mars, the adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi book series that Andrew Stanton is directing for Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kitsch, who was last seen as Gambit in Wolverine, will play the title character, Carter, a Civil War veteran who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where his involvement with warring races of the dying planet force him to rediscover his humanity.

Collins (HBO's True Blood) is playing Dejah Thoris, the heir to the throne of Mars' Helium kingdom. She appeared with Kitsch in Wolverine as Kayla Silverfox, the love interest of Hugh Jackman's Logan.

Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) takes on Mars as his first live-action feature. Stanton wrote the screenplay with Mark Andrews.

Disney has spent months meeting and testing a wide swath of names, from Jon Hamm to Josh Duhamel, during its search.