‘Elysium’ New Photos And Plot Details Released

We’ve known director Neil Blomkamp has been working on “Elysium,” his follow-up to “District 9,” for years now, but still know relatively little about the movie. It’s due in theaters on August 9, and two new photos have been released that show us more than just Matt Damon running around in a funny suit — finally.

The images were published by San Paulo newspaper Illustrada and introduce fans to Wagner Moura and Alice Braga’s characters for the first time. The paper also elaborates on who the characters they’re playing are, which you can find out after the jump.

“Moura plays Spider, a mixture of revolutionary hacker and human smuggler: he illegally transporting people for Elysium, a ’paradise’ built in Earth orbit where the wealthy live the future,” the descriptions reads, via Bleeding Cool. “Matt Damon makes Max, a workman that needs to reach Elysium in an attempt to save his life, and Spider is their only way out.”

It continues, “Alice Braga live Frey, a childhood friend of Max. The two were raised together in an orphanage, but followed different paths. Frey realized his dream of becoming a nurse and had a daughter. When Max finds, years later, old feelings come back to haunt the woman.”

A trailer for “Elysium” still hasn’t been released, but hopefully it will expand on this interesting sci-fi world that we’ve been teased about for so long. Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:

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.

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