The Thing – Prequel gets Ramona J Flowers and Owen Lars.
Posted by LiveFor on February 8, 2010
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will star in “The Thing,” Universal’s prequel on the shape-shifting alien who terrorizes a group of people in a remote facility. Any news to do this film fills me with excitement and trepidation.
The 1982 John Carpenter-Kurt Russell is an all time classic and one of my favourite films. It is, of course, a remake of 1951’s “The Thing From Another World,” directed by Howard Hawks. All take inspiration from a 1938 short story, “Who Goes There?”.
Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing the latest movie, which was written by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has starred in Death Proof, Live Free or Die Hard, Sky High, Final Destination 3 and is soon to be Ramona Flowers in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
Joel Egerton played Luke Skywalker’s adoptive uncle, Owen Lars, in the Star Wars prequels. He has also been in King Arthur, Kinky Boots, Smokin’ Aces, The Square and Animal Kingdom. He is also Australian so I’m assuming Sam Worthington wasn’t available.
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. Details of the characters below.
[KATE LLOYD] In her late 20s to early 30s, pretty, bright-eyed, intelligent, she’s a graduate of Columbia and a Ph.D. candidate in paleontology (the study of prehistoric life). On the recommendation of her friend Adam Goodman, Kate is tapped for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Dr. Sander Halvorson to join his research team in Antarctica, where an extraordinary discovery has been made. Upon arrival, Kate soon finds herself at odds with Halvorson about how best to proceed with the discovery — an alien spaceship with a mysterious and sinister frozen THING found nearby — specifically whether to transfer the specimen undisturbed to a more appropriate facility for analysis, or, per Halvorson’s wishes, to drill into the specimen’s ice encasement for a definitive tissue sample.
[SAM CARTER] In his early 30s, rugged, handsome, blue-collar, he’s a helicopter pilot with a private charter service that transports personnel and supplies from McMurdo Station to remote research sites across Antarctica. Carter is a mercenary. He flies when he wants, where he wants, and he flies for one reason: money. But his resourcefulness, experience and get-it-done mentality make him indispensable. Arriving at Thule Station, he is the first to suspect something strange and dangerous is going on. Trapped there by faulty equipment, he becomes an unlikely ally of Kate’s — he reminds her (in temperament) of her father, now deceased, also a pilot.
There’s 10 years difference between the two so I don’t think they’ll be going for the father / daughter vibe in the film, which I think is a shame as it have made a great dynamic for the film.
Still not convinced this is going to be good, but part of me really wants it to be.
A March 15 start date in Toronto is planned. I just hope they get Kurt Russell to do a cameo by having his voice heard on a radio between the two camps and they better set it in the 80s like the original.