One of the aspects of Neill Blomkamp's big screen debut "District 9" that made it such a surprising success was the fact that it starred no marquee actors. It was the first major film role for its leading man, Sharlto Copley, with whom Blomkamp had been close friends for years. Copley's since gone on to do bigger and badder things like "The A-Team," but we all breathed a happy little sigh when we found out earlier this week that he and Blomkamp would be reteaming for another sci-fi film, "Elysium."
Turns out we weren't the only ones who got excited. Deadline has the news that Matt Damon is in talks to join forces with Copley and Blomkamp for the film. The closest Damon has come to futuristic sci-fi flick in his career was when he voiced Cale Tucker in the animated film "Titan A.E." back in 2000, so it's pretty exciting news that he'll be delving into the genre with as promising a director as Blomkamp.
And, though Blomkamp had been tapped to direct the now defunct "Halo" movie, this will be his first time dealing with a big-name actor. Considering the great performances Blomkamp coaxed out of his actors in "District 9," we can't wait to see what he does with Damon.
Plot details for "Elysium" are still being kept under wraps, but the rumor is that it takes place on a distant planet in the far future. The film will still deal with the sociopolitical topics that "District 9" did, but played out on a different stage.
Are you excited that Matt Damon is looking to be involved in the film?