‘The Thing’ Remake Will Be Led By Mary Elizabeth Winstead And Joel Edgerton

One of the first bits of news to sneak out of Hollywood at the beginning of 2010 was the word that John Carpenter’s horror classic “The Thing” would be remade with “Battlestar Galactica” Syfy reboot showrunner Ron Moore producing and newcomer Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. directing. A couple weeks later, the first casting breakdowns emerged, failing to excite MTV contributing editor Josh Wigler.

Maybe he’ll be pleased now that there are some names to pin to two of the roles. The lead roles, in fact. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will star in the “Thing” reboot, The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog reveals.

Winstead will play Kate Lloyd, named in the previous casting announcement as a Columbia University graduate who butts heads with a Norwegian scientist, Dr. Sander Halvorson. When an alien spacecraft is discovered in their Antarctica research site and the trouble starts, Lloyd turns to an unlikely ally for aid: the roguish helicopter pilot who will be played by Edgerton.

Winstead is probably remembered best these days for her performance as Lee Montgomery, one of the lovely ladies in Quentin Tarantino’s half of “Grindhouse,” “Death Proof.” Edgerton has some serious geek cred too; he played Owen Lars, adoptive uncle of Luke Skywalker, in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” The movie is currently set to start shooting on March 15, so expect additional casting announcements and other news to emerge in the coming weeks.

What do you think of these two leads? Have you seen the original movie? Does the world need a remake?