Mary Elizbabeth Winstead is super cool. How cool, you ask? Well, after playing the ultimate indie babe Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, her next job sees her torching alien scum. No, she's not the new Ripley, but she is starring in a new prequel of John Carpenter's The Thing, which sees release on April 29, 2011.
Collider.com got a chance to visit the set, and now has a cool article about their experience there, as well as a few stills from the film, but by far the neatest one was the image of Winstead operating a real flamethrower! Check out the photo below and read the official synopsis after the jump!
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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.