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 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