Encore Magazine managed to take a picture of an early poster for The Thing – a prequel to 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name – at the Australian International Movie Convention.

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., the film stars a host of up-and-coming talent, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Eric Christian Olsen (Eagle Eye), Dennis Storhøi (The 13th Warrior), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity), Jonathan Walker (Shooter) and Kim Bubbs (A Flesh Offering).

The script was co-written by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer and is loosely based on a short story by John W. Campbell Jr.

Official Synopsis: 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.

Check out the teaser poster below, courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting:

Universal will release The Thing on April 29, 2011.