Lost's Mr. Eko joins the cast of The Thing prequel

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (a.k.a. Mr. Eko from Lost and Heavy Duty from G.I. Joe) will co-star in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s prequel to John Carpenter's body-snatching classic The Thing. Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays Derek Jameson, a pilot who battles the Antarctic alien. Spoilers!

Back in January, we noted that the casting call to The Thing prequel was making the rounds. Here's the description of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's character from the casting call:

[DEREK JAMESON] In his early 30s, African American, well-built, he is Carter's friend and co-pilot. This is Jameson's last season in Antarctica. He's moving to Florida and starting a jetboat business with his brother, a former big league prospect. The trip to Thule Station is just another flight for him, another day in the countdown before he leaves the South Pole. Trapped at the site with Carter when the helicopter malfunctions, Jameson eventually falls prey to the THING.

Jetboat business? Big league prospect? There better be a shot of Akinnuoye-Agbaje tearing ass through glaciers on a cigarette boat and brandishing his Jesus Stick like Frank Thomas. No wonder Mr. Eko wasn't in the Lost finale - he still had to take out the trash on Earth.

[Via Bloody Disgusting]