First look at Joel Edgerton in The Thing

The first batch of images from Universal’s upcoming prequel to John Carpenter‘s classic 1982 horror film The Thing has debuted online. The flick – handily, also called The Thing – stars Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

The project was first announced January 2009, when Universal reportedly purchased the prequel pitch by Battlestar Galactica-showrunner Ronald D. Moore. Television commercial director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr was brought onboard to direct. The film takes place just prior to the events in Carpenter’s picture – itself a remake of Howard Hawks‘ 1951 feature The Thing From Another World.

You can check out more behind-the-scenes shots over at Slashfilm.

Here is The Thing’s official plot synopsis:

Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish. The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name.

The Thing also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Eric Christian Olsen. It will hit Australian cinemas sometime in 2011.

Discuss: Do you think – based on these images alone – they’ve captured the right tone for a Thing prequel?

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