BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll be well aware by now that District 9 filmmaker has a new sci-fi thriller hitting cinemas in less than two months' time. Elysium is a feast of A-list talent, pitting up against and starring (District 9), (City of God), (Milk, Y Tu Mama Tambien) and (Armaggedon, Prison Break).

Elysium tells the tale of earth circa 2154, when two different classes reside on two different 'planets' - the well off members of society hang out on the pristine space station, Elysium, while the working classes are forced to continue living on the ruined, overpopulated Earth.

The only man who can restore equality to the worlds is Max (Damon), an ordinary guy who is forced to take on a dangerous mission - one that sets him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Foster) and her forces. Max's life hangs in the balance, but if he succeeds he could save the lives of millions on Earth.

Today we got a still of Matt Damon looking almost unrecognisable with his head shaved and sporting a 'strength suit' in his role as Max:

I love this - a high-tech, ultra slick looking suit wouldn't make sense if Matt's supposed to be playing a grimy Earth dweller. This looks like something that somebody with a good knowledge of technology could cobble together with enough household materials.

What do you think? Is the still getting you excited for watching Matt Damon save Earth?

Elysium hits the box office August 9.


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