My brother asked me today who I felt would make a good female lead for the upcoming The Thing prequel, and I admit I have a hard time coming up with a realistic response. Kate Lloyd is “In her late 20s to early 30s, pretty, bright-eyed, intelligent, she’s a graduate of Columbia and a Ph.D. candidate in paleontology (the study of prehistoric life). On the recommendation of her friend Adam Goodman, Kate is tapped for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Dr. Sander Halvorson to join his research team in Antarctica, where an extraordinary discovery has been made. Upon arrival, Kate soon finds herself at odds with Halvorson about how best to proceed with the discovery — an alien spaceship with a mysterious and sinister frozen THING found nearby — specifically whether to transfer the specimen undisturbed to a more appropriate facility for analysis, or, per Halvorson’s wishes, to drill into the specimen’s ice encasement for a definitive tissue sample.” (Read more spoilerfic info at Spoiler TV)
The prequel to the thing looks to be taking place at the Norwegian camp that got all kinds of messed up before Kurt Russel and crew came across it in John Carpenter’s The Thing. As we know, obviously, the “thing” is thawed out and starts laying the smackdown on some Norwegian ass.
So who would you suggest as a good female lead in this flick? My vote? Anna Torv, from Fringe. Guess we’ll find out soon, as news seems to be coming out more frequently on the Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. production, due out (supposedly) later this year, but more than likely 2011.