Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium was one of the best-looking films I saw at Comic-Con this year. The film is set in 2159, and two classes of people are divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth. Elysium was on track for a March 2013 release, but then the movie was pushed back to August 2013, and that’s probably the smart decision. March has become insanely crowded, and Elysium feels like a big summer movie anyway (it’s also coming out the same week as District 9 did back in 2009). Today, a new image of star Matt Damon has been released. Damon plays a man who’s forced to become a cyborg and travel to Elysium in order to retrieve a cure that would save his life.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, and Diego Luna. Elysium opens August 9, 2013.
Via Screen Crush.
Here’s the official synopsis for Elysium:
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.