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Actor is featured as his character of Max Da Costa from Elysium on this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly, and, much like every promotional picture for a sci-fi, action, fantasy, or superhero film these days, he appears to be covered in dirt.

The buzz is building for writer-director 's second full-length venture, with critics and fans alike eagerly anticipating a Blomkamp return to the theme of class warfare set in a futuristic, dystopian society.

In the year 2154 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, a 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 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.

The August 9th release for Elysium is right around the corner, and it will be interesting to see if this film will match the success of District 9 or if Blomkamp will suffer a sophomore slump. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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