Joel Edgerton in The Thing

Joel Edgerton in The Thing

2011 has been a super year for Joel Edgerton as he has mixed and matched his roles and turned in some great performances.

And that looks set to continue into next year as the Aussie star has a whole host of projects in the pipeline.

His year was kicked off with the superb Animal Kingdom - and while he isn't in the whole film what happens to him really does drive the story forward.

He takes on the role of Barry 'Baz' Brown who is part of a criminal family, who through out the film are out for revenge.

Directed by David Michod the movie was a critical smash as writers fell over themselves to heap praise on the film.

The movie dominated the Australian Film Institute Awards and should have featured more heavily during the Hollywood awards season.

But, for me personally, it was his role in Warrior, where he teamed up with Tom Hardy, where Edgerton really stood out.

So far Warrior has been the best movie for me this year as it is a powerful story of warring brothers and broken families - set to a backdrop of a mixed martial arts contest.

It's a very physical performance from Edgerton - and you can see he put in some serious work before shooting began to prepare for the role.

Sure the fight scenes in the second half of the film are brutal - you kind of feel like you have been knocked around the cage yourself - but they are just awesome.

But it is the performances away from the cage from Edgerton & Hardy that really do make this movie as they are both tortured men haunted by the past.

If you haven't seen Warrior yet then this is a movie that is not to be missed!

But this week sees Edgerton back on the big screen as he star in The Thing, a prequel to the well known John Carpenter movie.

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. the movie also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ulrich Thomsen.

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.

2012 hold plenty in store for the actor as well as he has already completed work on The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Wish You Were Here.

He is currently filming The Great Gatsby, in which he takes on the role of Tom Buchanan, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

The Thing is released 2nd December

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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