Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will star in "The Thing," Universal's latest take on the shape-shifting alien who terrorizes a group of people in a remote facility.
The best-known version might be the 1982 John Carpenter-Kurt Russell cult movie, which was a contemporary remake of 1951's "The Thing From Another World," directed by Howard Hawks. All take inspiration from a 1938 short story, "Who Goes There?" published in pulp mag Astounding.
Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing the latest movie, which was written by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer.
Winstead will play a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to stop the rampage.
The role is a coup for Winstead and marks her first starring studio vehicle. (OP note: I can't believe they forgot her breakout role as the lead girl in the amazing "Final Destination 3.") The actress appeared in a bit part in Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" and was Bruce Willis' daughter in "Live Free or Die Hard." She caught Universal's eye with her work opposite Michael Cera in the studio's upcoming "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," where she plays love interest Ramona V. Flowers. Universal is releasing that movie Aug. 13.
Edgerton starred on Broadway opposite Cate Blanchett in "A Streetcar Named Desire." He next co-stars opposite Tom Hardy in Gavin O'Connor's "Warrior" for Lionsgate.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Before the remake wank starts, previous reports have stated that this movie is supposed to serve as a prequel to Carpenter's movie. Now wank away.