It’s been three long years since director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene with his smart sci-fi flick District 9. In the interim, the filmmaker watched his big-budget adaptation of Microsoft’s popular video game franchise Halo go up in smoke and started work on a new project entitled Elysium.
That latter film has been shrouded in secrecy since it was first announced, but today we finally have a brief plot synopsis that provides an idea of what Blomkamp is cooking up. In keeping with the tone he set in District 9, Elysium isn’t just another science fiction film – it also appears to be a piece of social commentary, featuring themes that tie in nicely to the modern world as well as the future.
The details were revealed thanks to the release of preview screening tickets for a private showing of the film scheduled for last night. You can have a peek at the actual invite below.
Elysium is due out March 1st of next year and features Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura, and Diego Luna in the cast.
Check out the plot description and let us know what you think.
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.