THR's Heat Vision blog has the scoop on the first two actors who'll be getting stranded in Antarctica and one of them is troubling to me in a serious way.
According to the article, Joel Edgerton will be playing a "mercenary helicopter pilot" who teams up with Ph.D. candidate played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead to stop the shape-shifting alien organism after it's freed from a recently discovered UFO buried in the Antarctic ice.
Edgerton is best known for playing Uncle Owen (Luke's stepfather) in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Winstead played Bruce Willis' daughter in Live Free or Die Hard.
The troubling thing here--if you get past the fact that Edgerton is basically a poor man's MacReady and proof that Hollywood didn't want to cast a foreign leading man--is the casting of Winstead. Carpenter's film featured no women and it was better for it. There was no sexual tension, no potential love interest, no contrived romances...it was just a group of men trying to survive and kill a monster they couldn't even begin to comprehend. That will almost certainly change in the prequel. Can The Thing still be a great movie with a woman as one of the leads? Of course. I'm just not convinced it will be because it's really easy to imagine how this story is going to play out.
What do you guys think? Are you happy with this casting or does this news make you think a prequel to The Thing is doomed to failure? Share your thoughts in the comment section.