The Thing (2011) is a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). The film follows a team of Norwegian scientists who have discovered an alien spacecraft buried in Antarctica, inadvertently awakening a hostile creature encased in the ice.

A team of Norwegian scientists have discovered an alien spacecraft buried in the ice of Antarctica, and one of the apparent former occupants of the spacecraft, frozen nearby. The creature soon breaks free and begins killing and replicating the researchers, who quickly succumb to paranoia, uncertain as to who can be trusted, and who is actually a killer in disguise.

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr, and written by Eric Heisserer, the film serves as a prequel to the 1982 classic, John Carpenter's The Thing. Carpenter had no part in making the prequel, and has expressed some displeasure with the film being made, although he says he hasn't seen it, and doesn't intend to. He also denied van Heijningen's claims that he had given the project his blessing.

The cast are largely Norwegian actors, relatively unknown outside of their home countries.

Norwegian team:

Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen)

Edvard (Trond Espen Seim)

Jonas (Kristofer Hivju)

Olav (Jan Gunnar Røise)

Karl (Carsten Bjørnlund)

Juliette (Kim Bubbs)

Lars (Jørgen Langhelle)

Henrik (Jo Adrian Haavind)

Peder (Stig Henrik Hoff)

Colin (Jonathan Lloyd Walker) - the lone British team member

American team members:

Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)

Adam Finch (Eric Christian Olsen)

Carter (Joel Edgerton)

Derek (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)

Griggs (Paul Braunstein)