Jodie Foster Talks ELYSIUM, CONTACT, Working for Neill Blomkamp, Future Plans and More at Comic-Con

     July 24, 2012


Over the last few weeks, Sony has finally started to reveal details about director Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9) sci-fi pic Elysium.  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.  For more on the film, here’s Matt’s recap of the Comic-Con panel, the viral campaign, and Comic-Con interviews with Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg, and Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.

Shortly after the panel, I got to speak with Jodie Foster.  We talked about being at Comic-Con for the first time, what she collects, how she got involved in Elysium, who she plays, the relationship between Blomkamp and the studio during production, how she prepares for a role, future plans, her thoughts on doing a TV series, Contact, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

sharlto copley jodie foster matt damon elysium comic conJodie Foster Time Index:

  • 0:15 – The experience of attending Comic-Con for the first time.
  • 0:51 – If there’s anything like posters, toys, etc. she collects.
  • 1:17 – Which of her movies people want to talk to about when they bump into her on the street.
  • 1:37 – Looking back on Contact.
  • 2:23 – How she became involved with Elysium and her role in the film.
  • 4:09 – How her previous work as a director affects her approach as an actress.
  • 5:09 – The relationship between Blomkamp and the studio during production.
  • 5:59 – Working with Blomkamp on developing her character.
  • 6:54 – How she prepares for a role.
  • 7:52 – If there’s going to be another long break between her directing gigs, and how she chooses those projects.
  • 8:45 – What she’s reading right now, and her future plans.
  • 9:31 – The appeal of telling stories in a televised series, and the future of the industry.


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