Gather Round, Fookin Prawns
Details are emerging about Neill Blomkamp's (District 9) next, a sci-fi film called Elysium, which was just picked up by Sony Pictures and reportedly given a hefty budget. Though the storyline information is quite sketchy -- the film takes place 100 years in the future on a distant planet -- some of the other information is damned tantalizing. First, Matt Damon has signed on to play the lead. Damon has quickly become one of my favorite actors; he can play just about any type of role and still manage to come across with that everyman likability. (He's also currently filming another sci-fi picture, Steven Soderberg's Contagion.)
Co-starring with Damon are Jodie Foster and former District 9-er, Sharlto Copley. Foster can be up and down, depending upon the movie, but she's certainly a fine actress and tends to be preferable in serious roles. Copely was outstanding as the infected Wikus Van De Merwe, which was his first professional acting gig.
In a final bit of icing on the cake news, Blomkamp has secured the fantastic Syd Mead (Aliens, Blade Runner, Tron) as set designer. The apparently hard to book artist was impressed with District 9 and bringing him on is considered quite the coup.
Elysium filming will take place beginning in July in Vancouver and Mexico City. A late 2012 release date is expected. Can I print my ticket yet?