Over the weekend, Universal decided to release the first official photos from their upcoming prequel to The Thing. The movie has had many incarnations in the past with the most notable being the 1982 version that starred Kurt Russell. The film will feature a slew of new faces as well as some old ones such as Joel Edgerton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, and “Lost” alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Check out the photos…

The Thing spawned from the 1938 pulp story entitled “Who Goes There?” It was initially adapted to the big screen back in 1951 with The Thing From Another World, which was directed by Howard Hawks, followed by Carpenter’s 1982 version that knocked the title down to simply, The Thing.

The 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.

The Thing is directed by Mattthijs Van Heijninger and scheduled to hit theaters on April 29, 2011.

What do you think of the story and photos from The Thing?

Source: Collider