Mr. Eko Joins ‘The Thing’ Prequel

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm,

Former fashon model-turned-Hollywood actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has signed on to play one of the few non-Norwegian characters in The Thing, a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter science fiction/monster movie of the same name.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s most recent appearance on the big screen was as the fearless Heavy Duty in last year’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  His most notable film roles include that of henchman Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns and former dictator Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity.  TV fans are most likely familiar with him as Simon Adebisi on the HBO series Oz and Mr. Eko on Lost.

The multi-lingual actor will appear alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Eric Christian Olsen (Eagle Eye), Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequels), and a slew of Norwegian actors in The Thing prequel.  Given that the film’s plot concerns the doomed Norwegian research base discovered by R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Co. in the beginning of Carpenter’s 1982 film, chances of survival are not good for any of the characters in the prequel.

The Thing 1982 Mr. Eko Joins The Thing Prequel

The remains of the Norwegian research base in Carpenter's The Thing.

Will the new Thing movie hold a candle up to John Carpenter’s sci-fi/horror/thriller classic?  Well, the early script review for The Thing Prequel was mixed at best and indicated that – plot wise – the film looked to be mostly a retread of the original. The screenplay was written by Nightmare on Elm Street remake scribe, Eric Heisserer, whose take on Freddy Krueger left most moviegoers underwhelmed (you can read Screen Rant‘s review of the flick HERE).  Add to that the fact that the prequel’s director – Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. – has nothing on his resume that evidences him as a quality filmmaker and the outlook is pretty grim.

What do you think?  Does The Thing have the potential to be a terrifying creature-feature?  Will it employ the same cheap jump-scare tactics and shock gore as that of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake?  Sound off in the comments section below.

The Thing prequel is slated to reach theaters in 2011.

Source: Shock Till You Drop

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  1. I’m at least glad they’re going prequel rather than reboot.

  2. So that’s were Mr.Eko went.lol

  3. What happened to ronald d moore? i though he was writing the script…? that seemed like a positive

  4. I have high hopes for this prequel. I think whatever it’s like it’ll get panned anyway for copying the 82 original. But..what you have to realise is that events in some aspects WILL mirror the original, as the team will try to deal with the creature in much the same way. There will be paranoia, fear, mistrust building in the group, and this will cause them to act irrational and in the way the others did to try to survive as they try and find out who is human and who is not. So I expect a similar blood test scene. Also the way the creature will act will be roughly the same, but this pressumably will it’s first encounter with humans. All in all i hope this film at least is s good companion piece to the 82 film, but I hope it conveys the same feelings of dread, fear, isolation and shock that the original delivered. I also look forward to see what forms the creature will take through the movie, and to finally see inside the alien ship. So..on the 14th October I suppose we will all find out if the wait was worth it, fingers crossed!

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