First Official Image of Matt Damon in ELYSIUM

     July 4, 2012


We’ve known very little about director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to 2009’s District 9, the sci-fi pic Elysium, until recently.  The only images we’ve seen are a few set photos of a bald Matt Damon wearing some device on his chest from last year, but now the first official image of Damon in the film has landed online.  Just as District 9 tackled issues of segregation and xenophobia, the first synopsis for Elysium reveals that the sci-fi, future-set story will be delving into the immigration debate.  Set in 2159, two classes of people are roughly divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth.

I have no clue as to what this gun and Damon’s garb could be hinting at plotwise, but with the first footage set to be unveiled next week at Comic-Con we’ll hopefully have a much clearer picture of what to expect from Elysium soon.  The film also stars Jodi Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Diego Luna, and opens on March 1st, 2013.

Here’s the 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.

Image courtesy of EW (via The Playlist):



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  • Chupa cabre

    It’s about freaking time! This is the first movie I know of that has been in production for this long with so little info on it. I’m ready for a real trailer not that crap they came out with a long time ago

  • SP1234

    Sounds a bit like Fifth Element, but knowing Blomkamp and his reputation after District 9, this sounds really cool.

  • Calcazone

    District 9 is one of my favorite movies, I am so incredibly excited for this. I heard before hand that the trailer was supposed to be in front of Spiderman but I guess that was a lie. I can’t wait for this.

  • Drake

    Matt Damon is my favorite actor… This looks hardcore.

  • Leonardo

    I don’t like Damon that much but this picture might be the exception.

  • Sugreev2001

    Cool,nice to see Matt Damon in something completely different.

  • Livy

    It looks he has a handheld kind of rail gun. Interesting.

  • dogg

    Looks cool, but if this becomes an Occupy WS screed, I’m so over it.

  • thesaurusrs

    Loving the grainy look. Matt Damon kicking the ass of the corrupt and powerful always works for me.

  • makaku

    an utopic city above the sky and a land full of despair… check out the manga Battle angel Alita

  • makaku

    the plot sounds similar to the manga battle angel alita, of yukito kishiro, although I´m sure the idea has been done before that

  • Proud scientologist

    Yes!! we need more sci-fi movies, this looks good.

  • mattinacan

    maaaatt daaamonnn

  • Armadyne

    This is gonna be fucking epic!!!!!!!

  • A

    I see what he’s doing there! Its a movie about the 1%’ers and how we try to keep the illegal immigrants out of the U.S.!!!!! GOTCHA!!

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  • Bruce Harrington

    In the future we still have all the same problems, just better technology. Can we call in a trend breaker for a new type of sci fi that has higher hopes for the future?