03/04/2012 04:17 pm ET

Taylor Kitsch In 'John Carter': Ten Minute Clip Debuts (VIDEO)

A first look at Taylor Kitsch as a former military captain in "John Carter" has hit the web.

The "Friday Night Lights" star, looking scruffier than usual, finds himself in a series of sticky situations that leave him running and fighting for his life and freedom after being inexplicably transported to Mars.

Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kitsch put everything he had into the role of Carter.

"The character is something you just dive into," Kitsch told The Guardian. "For 11 months, I was on a regimen of training and dieting. I stayed four months at the Metropolitan hotel in Mayfair, right by Hyde Park, but I was working six-day weeks, so I literally went out once. I would get my wake-up call at 4:33am to train. But it's worth it; the aesthetic of John Carter... you can't f**k around with that."

"John Carter," starring Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton and more hits theaters March 9.