I can honestly say I didn’t see this coming. For a while now we’ve been reporting on the film adaptation of the sci-fi book series John Carter of Mars. Wall-E director Andrew Stanton will helm the feature for Disney, based on the stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The two lead characters, John and Dejah have been cast and they’re none other than Wolverine alum’s Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins!

This will be a reunion of sorts for the two actors who starred in the first installment of the X-Men Origins series last month. Even though their characters in Wolverine didn’t have much to do with each another, it will be the exact opposite with John Carter of Mars. Carter is “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.” Dejah Thoris (Collins) is the heir to the throne of Mars’ Helium kingdom, and Mars’ love interest.

The casting of these two was just confirmed earlier today by THR, and it’s spread like wild fire through the sci-fi online community. For some odd reason Kitsch keeps managing to steal high profile roles out from under other actors. This time he beat out everyone from Jon Hamm to Josh Duhamel for this role. I don’t watch Friday Night Lights, but I did (unfortunately) see Wolverine. I think he’s a work in progress. Directors may see that he can grow with his roles, and are willing to work with that. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t hurt that he’s good looking either, this is Hollywood.

What do you think of X-Men alum’s Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins reteaming for John Carter of Mars?