Matt Damon In Talks For "Elysium"

12/16/2010 Posted by Admin

Matt Damon In Talks For "Elysium"

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By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Last summer, when "District 9" hit theaters, I had no idea what to expect. That was something rare for this day and age, with constant movie spoilers and news coming 24 hours a day, but all I honestly knew about the film was that it had to do with aliens and took place in South Africa. That was it.

After sitting through the film, I was completely blown away. I thought it was easily one of the best movies of the year, and I was absolutely enamored by Neill Blomkamp's directing job and Sharlto Copley's performance.

After the film blew up to such high proportions, I knew that Blomkamp's follow up would be something to follow closely. I was hoping he would be able to harness the same type of feel for his next film, and so far things seem to be headed in the right direction, especially when it comes to casting.

According to Deadline, Matt Damon is in talks for a role in Blomkamp's next sci-fi thriller, "Elysium."

Not much is known about the director's next film in regard to plot, but one thing that is certain is that "District 9" star Sharlto Copley is re-teaming with Blomkamp's on this project. The thought of Damon and Copley working together is fantastic, although details on story or roles are scarce other than the action being set on a distant planet.

Once this project starts to come together, it will easily be the one I am most looking forward to seeing (except for "The Dark Knight Rises," obviously). Matt Damon has established himself as one of the most versatile and talented actors in Hollywood, and the fact that such a big star is attached to the film should only make it easier to sell once Blomkamp starts looking for financing.

Blomkamp will helm from his own script and will present the project to financiers next year when further cast members are locked down.

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