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Watch: Matt Damon Wakes Up In New Clip From 'Elysium' Plus Jodie Foster's Part Was Originally Written For A Man

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 29, 2013 4:16 PM
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Elysium, Matt Damon

As the last piece of big, expensive blockbuster entertainment before the summer is out, hopes are riding high that Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" can deliver something of a bang to go out on, as the season thus far has been fairly disappointing. "District 9" proved that the director could marry brains and brawn with pretty spectacular results, and the anticipation is that he can do the same here.

A new clip has arrived for the movie and it provides another peek at the grimy futureworld Earth has become. In the film, Matt Damon plays a cancer-stricken ex-con who decides to infiltrate the gleaming space-station world of Elysium, where the elite live, in order to cure his disease and help save a sick child along the way. But breaking in ain't easy, requiring him to become something of a homebrew cyborg, as we see here. He'll also have to face Secretary Delacourt, the cold-blooded protector of Elysium, a role played by Jodie Foster, though initially, the part was written for a man.

But, Blomkamp had the good sense to realize the gender didn't matter to the part, and producer Simon Kinberg thought of putting Foster in the part.  “I thought, ‘That would be fucking awesome, but there’s just no way,” Blomkamp told EW. “But then, within, like, a day I had a meeting with her and she said, ‘I want to play it.’ I was like, ‘Holy shit!’” Needless to say, he was excited.

"Elysium" opens on August 9th and you can catch a 46 second glimpse below.

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Elysium, Matt Damon
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  • Matt | July 29, 2013 11:50 PMReply



  • Thesaurusrs | July 29, 2013 9:00 PMReply

    I think the action will be TERRIFIC. Could this replace Bourne as the best Damon action movie? I think so!

  • Mr Anonymous | July 29, 2013 8:50 PMReply

    Anyone else think that was Bane in the picture underneath the title or was it just me? :D Lol.

  • Molly Rails | July 29, 2013 7:34 PMReply

    Love Matt, but D9 was waaaaay to violent for me. Hope this will not be a splatter fest

  • Muthu kumar V | July 29, 2013 5:18 PMReply

    Elysium - a definite underdog.

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