The first trailer has finally landed for Neill Blomkamp’s feverishly anticipated Elysium, the ambitious follow-up to his awesome 2009 debut District 9. Set in 2154, the film stars Matt Damon as Max Coburn, a down on his luck everyman trying to get by on a ruined Earth, while the very wealthy live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium. When an accident leaves him with only days to live, a desperate Max takes on a dangerous mission — suited up in some badass cyborg enhancements — that pits him against Elysium’s hard-line mayor (Jodie Foster) and her forces and which could ultimately bring about equality to both worlds. Elysium also stars the terrific Sharlto Copley (District 9) as the nasty agent on Max’s trail, alongside William Fichtner, Wagner Moura, Carly Pope, Diego Luna and Alice Braga. This is one hell of a first trailer, promising an original and ambitious science fiction vision that delivers on spectacular action, great performances, and resonant real world issues (immigration, healthcare, the 99%) — much like Blomkamp’s impressive debut — not to mention great futuristic production design aided by none other than Syd Mead (Blade Runner). Elysium was already one of my most anticipated films of 2013, but after this exciting first look it has shot right toward the top of the list.
Elysium lands August 9 in the US and August 15 in NZ. Check out the first trailer and poster below (via The Playlist).