ShockTillYouDrop.com talked exclusively to Joel Edgerton about starring in Universal Pictures’ The Thing prequel that has been shooting in Toronto for a week under the direction of Matthijs van Heijningen.
In the film, Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays 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.
Here’s a clip from the interview:
“Well, it’s a prequel and definitely the Norwegian base is modeled on the base you see in the Carpenter film,” he told us. “Being a prequel you’ll see a lot of tie-ins as to how the base comes to be the way it is in the Carpenter film, being so destroyed, and that evidence you see in the Carpenter film, We’ll get a glimpse into that. It’s great because you have a bunch of people behind making itEric Newman and Marc (Abraham), the producers at Strike (Entertainment), those guys and Matthijs the director, they have such respect for the original film that they’re not trying to do a remake, they’re just trying to pay homage to the original and also do the right thing with what I think is a real cool way in to doing that, and revisiting the material.”
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