Matt Damon Joining Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'
We've recently heard that the recovering health of Michael Douglas meant the gestating Steven Soderbergh Liberace biopic would get off the ground next summer, but co-star Matt Damon is already looking to the future in more ways than one. Deadline reports that Damon, who can next be seen in the Coens' remake of True Grit later this month, is in early talks to star alongside recently cast Sharlto Copley in Elysium. We've only heard vague details about this sci-fi follow-up to director Neill Blomkamp's successful District 9, but we know it's not a sequel to the Best Picture nominee and the story is set in the far future on another planet.
Damon's addition will surely make the project a higher profile sci-fi venture whereas District 9 had to build its buzz from the ground up. Apparently the film won't be taken out to distributors until next year, so this project will definitely be shooting after the aforementioned Liberace biopic. In addition, Deadline mentions the film will enter the market when it has its major cast, so perhaps Matt Damon is just the tip of the iceberg of a big ensemble cast? I wouldn't be surprised, after the success of District 9 took it all the way to the Academy Awards, if there's plenty of actors dying to work with Blomkamp. Stay tuned!