02/03/2012 04:55 GMT | Updated 02/03/2012 05:09 GMT

John Carter Premiere: Dominic West, Taylor Kitsch, Willem Defoe All On London Red Carpet (VIDEO, PICS)

James Purefoy, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong and Dominic West were the home-grown stars at last night's London premiere of sci-fi blockbuster John Carter.

Joining them on the red carpet at the BFI on Southbank were Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch and US stars Willem Defoe and Lynn Collins.

John Carter, telling the small tale of a Civil War veteran transplanted to Mars where he becomes the prisoner of 12-foot barbarians, is in UK cinemas from next Friday. Andrew Stanton, the creative force behind such animated hits as WALLE, A Bug's Life, Toy Story and Finding Nemo, is at the directing wheel for this high-budget, extra-terrestrial romp.

Stars come out for John Carter: