Joel Edgerton to star in The Thing


Aussie Joel Edgerton is set to star alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the latest cinematic incarnation of The Thing.

The project, intended as a prequel to John Carpenter‘s classic 1982 film of the same name, was first announced by Universal 12 months ago.

Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica showrunner) wrote the screenplay with Eric Heisserer. It focuses on a Norwegian research team in Antarctica that discovers an alien ship trapped in the ice. Edgerton will play a “blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot” who helps the Norwegians defeat a violent, shape-shifting alien that escapes from the ship. Winstead will play a Ph. D. candidate also working with the research team.

According to last year’s report, Edgerton’s character will be the brother of R.J Macready (played by Kurt Russell in the 1982 version), who was working on a separate base in Antarctica. Not sure if this remains true or even if this new incarnation is still a prequel. Until we hear otherwise, let’s say it is. (UPDATED: Slashfilm debunked the ‘brother’ rumour – back in January).

Television commercial director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr will direct. Production starts in Toronto next month.

Before everyone gets all in a huff about their beloved film essentially being remade, don’t forget that Carpenter’s The Thing was itself a remake of Howard Hawks‘ The Thing from Another World (1951). This new film, much like the previous two films, will also be based on John W. Campbell Jr.’s short story “Who Goes There”.

Discuss: Joel Edgerton? I guess Hollywood is looking for the next Sam Worthington!

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