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Matt Damon in early talks to join Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi film Elysium

12.10.2010
Just days ago, news broke that visionary director Neill Blomkamp (DISTRICT 9) would be making his return to sci-fi with a new film entitled ELYSIUM. But not only that, he'd also be bringing along his ol' D9 chum Sharlto Copely (MEN IN BLACK III).

Today, Deadline is reporting that Matt Damon (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, TRUE GRIT) is in early negotiations to join ELYSIUM. Should that go through, it would be a pretty big get for Blomkamp, likely helping the film find distribution more easily (though it won't reportedly go out to market until a full cast has been assembled).

As far as story goes, all we really have to go on is from what was reported in the initial Deadline article from a few days ago: "Elysium is Blomkamp's long-awaited story set in the far future on another planet and, like District 9, is filled with many sociopolitical ideas wrapped up inside a Hollywood action film." So basically, it's speculation time!

And what of Matt Damon? Do you like that potential casting? Damon's looking at a very busy and high profile 2011; he's got the Philip K. Dick adaptation THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU with Emily Blunt, Steven Soderbergh's CONTAGION, and Cameron Crowe's WE BOUGHT A ZOO to name just a few.
Extra Tidbit: Hearing great things about Damon in TRUE GRIT...
Source: Deadline

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6:34AM on 12/12/2010
TRUE GRIT will be a huge hit for Damon. If he signs to this, it'll work out nicely for his as well.
TRUE GRIT will be a huge hit for Damon. If he signs to this, it'll work out nicely for his as well.
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6:42AM on 12/11/2010

Damon needs a hit...

and Blomkamp needs a big name to get his movie financed. At least it's not Sam Worthington
and Blomkamp needs a big name to get his movie financed. At least it's not Sam Worthington
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9:51AM on 12/12/2010
I disagree, slightly. While Damon hasn't had a huge hit since Bourne, most of his films have recouped their budgets. Plus, he strikes me as the kind of actor who doesn't care so much about hits as he does about finding something interesting.

Still, I won't complain about something that brings together talents like Damon, Copley, and Blomkamp.
I disagree, slightly. While Damon hasn't had a huge hit since Bourne, most of his films have recouped their budgets. Plus, he strikes me as the kind of actor who doesn't care so much about hits as he does about finding something interesting.

Still, I won't complain about something that brings together talents like Damon, Copley, and Blomkamp.
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1:28AM on 12/11/2010
This has over rated written all over it already
This has over rated written all over it already
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10:07PM on 12/10/2010

Awesome News

Glad to see the recent burst of news regarding this project. First Sharlto, and now Matt?! This project can't get started soon enough. If this is ready for summer 2012, it could be the capper for what looks to be an AWESOME summer movie-wise.
Glad to see the recent burst of news regarding this project. First Sharlto, and now Matt?! This project can't get started soon enough. If this is ready for summer 2012, it could be the capper for what looks to be an AWESOME summer movie-wise.
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7:10PM on 12/10/2010
Will Hunting in an action/sci-fi flick? Count me in!

"How'd you like dem apples?" (fires a plasma pistol)
Will Hunting in an action/sci-fi flick? Count me in!

"How'd you like dem apples?" (fires a plasma pistol)
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5:10PM on 12/10/2010
Great news! Plus I agree with cerealkiller182. He'd be awesome as the villain.
Great news! Plus I agree with cerealkiller182. He'd be awesome as the villain.
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4:40PM on 12/10/2010

Damon & Affleck

Would be interesting with a team up between Damon as an actor and his old friend Ben Affleck in the director's chair. Ben is getting a lot of praise as a director with interesting movies. I really hope that will be a reality sometime!
Would be interesting with a team up between Damon as an actor and his old friend Ben Affleck in the director's chair. Ben is getting a lot of praise as a director with interesting movies. I really hope that will be a reality sometime!
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2:36PM on 12/10/2010
Great news! Damon is one of my 5 favorite male actors, and he very rarely gets involved with movies that don't turn out to at least be pretty good.
Great news! Damon is one of my 5 favorite male actors, and he very rarely gets involved with movies that don't turn out to at least be pretty good.
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12:48PM on 12/10/2010
I hope he plays a villain.
I hope he plays a villain.
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12:37PM on 12/10/2010
The addition of Damon makes any movie better. Should be great.
The addition of Damon makes any movie better. Should be great.
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12:06PM on 12/10/2010
If it isn't Ryan Reynolds, it's Matt Damon. I went to the video store the other day, and just by chance, Damon pretty much had a whole wall to himself with all the movies he's done lately.
If it isn't Ryan Reynolds, it's Matt Damon. I went to the video store the other day, and just by chance, Damon pretty much had a whole wall to himself with all the movies he's done lately.
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12:18PM on 12/10/2010
He's one of the best working actors today of course he's going to be offered a lot of parts.
He's one of the best working actors today of course he's going to be offered a lot of parts.
1:09PM on 12/10/2010
And . . . ?
And . . . ?
10:32AM on 12/11/2010
and would be nice to see a bit more variety than every other movie lately having Portman or Damon in it.
and would be nice to see a bit more variety than every other movie lately having Portman or Damon in it.
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