First teaser poster for John Carter of Mars

THE film may be a long way off in the distance, but the first teaser poster for John Carter of Mars has been unveiled.

Starring Taylor Kitsch in the title role – and boasting a cast that includes Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Brian Cranston and Samantha Morton.

It tells the story of a Civil War veteran (the aforementioned John Carter) who is transported to Mars where he is help captive by the local inhabitants – 12ft tall green barbarians.

He manages to escape but encounters Princess of Helium Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), who is need of a saviour.

Until now, there have been sketchy posters doing the rounds, but IMDB have given us the first look at John Carter with this minimalist poster.

The film by Disney is being directed by Andrew Stanton – his first foray into the world of live-action cinema after writing and directing Finding Nemo and Wall-E for Pixar.

John Carter is due for release on March 9, 2012.

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