Joel Edgerton is one of those veteran actors who's been needing a breakthrough role for while, having been in such films as King Arthur and Smokin' Aces, and having headlined Kinky Boots. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is another lesser known star, with supporting roles in such films as Live Free or Die Hard, Black Christmas, and Sky High on her resume. Neither role as been identified at this time.
Universal's latest is the fourth adaptation of the short story, "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell Jr, about a remote facility terrorized by a shape-shifting alien. Previous versions include John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), "The Machine" episode from Tales of Tomorrow (1952), and The Thing from Another World (1951).
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. will make this his first feature outing. Newcomer Eric Heisserer wrote the screenplay with sci-fi veteran Ronald D. Moore (Caprica, BSG, Roswell, multiple Star Trek series).
Producers include Marc Abraham (Children of Men, Air Force One, End of Days) and Eric Newman (Children of Men, Slither, Dawn of the Dead) as well as Executive Producers J. Miles Dale (Pontypool, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and David Foster (The Fog, The Core, John Carpenter's The Thing),
I for one am excited. I'm hoping the mixed pedigrees will benefit the film, and knowing Foster worked on the last adaptation, and seeing Dale produced Pontypool, where Stephen McHattie was allowed to show just how talented he was, I think the adaptation is in good hands. And I've been hoping to see Edgerton and Winstead get breakout roles; I hope they get that with The Thing.