First Trailer For The Thing Prequel Thaws Online

Here’s your first look at the trailer for “The Thing” prequel, which tells the events leading up to the John Carpenter 1982 movie starring Kurt Russell. Don’t worry if you’ve never seen Carpenter’s movie, because it looks like this prequel is essentially the same movie — except with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton joining forces to replicate Russell’s character, flamethrower and all. Hey, at least Winstead is cuter than Russell, so there’s that.

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.

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Kim Bubbs, Stig Henrik Hoff, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Kristofer Hivju, Jan Gunnar Røise, Jo Adrian Haavind and directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr..

The Thing thaws October 14, 2011.

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