We've known for a while now that the prequel to John Carpenter's classic 1982 science-fiction horror film The Thing will center on the Norwegian scientific team that discovers the shape-shifting alien in Antarctica. But now Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis:
"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."
In addition to Winstead and Edgerton, The Thing stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Dennis Storhøi. Directed by Dutch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. from a screenplay by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer, the film is set to open on April 29, 2011.