The first image (below) of Sharlto Copley as the villain in Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated new sci-fi, Elysium, has arrived on-line courtesy of Empire. Copley first burst onto the scene when appearing in Blomkamp’s first feature length film, the truly amazing District 9.
Since then Copley has gone on to appear in films like The A-Team, and will soon be seen in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake and also new films Open Grave and Europa Report, but I think it is the re-teaming with Blomkamp which has fans excited, and from the looks of the first image, Copley’s villain will be very interesting indeed.
Speaking about his character to Empire, Copley explains that early rumours of a Joker-like character are false, but he also details how he brought his character to the screen: “What I did with him — which I try to do with all my original characters — was draw from real life. I combined references from a very infamous South African military battalion called 32 Battalion, that fought in the Border Wars in South Africa, and a stereotype of character that you get in the south of Johannesburg, where the guys are a little bit more comfortable with violence!”
Elysium was also pushed back from a March 1st release next year to a 9th August release by Sony, and this speaks volumes. The summer is where most big films will make their money, and the fact that Sony are confident enough to push this film back right to the peak of the summer season tells me that they have a lot of confidence in the film.
Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, Elysium stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Michael Shanks and Alice Braga.
In the year 2159 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.
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