‘Elysium’ Image Showcases Sharlto Copley’s Villain [Photo]

A new image from writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming science fiction flick Elysium has finally found its way onto the internet.

The image gives prospective moviegoers a quick look at the character portrayed by Sharlto Copley, the actor who starred in Blomkamp’s breakout hit District 9. While Copley portrayed the hero in the director’s feature-length debut, this time he’ll tackle the role of the villain.

The folks at Empire magazine managed to get their hands on the latest images from Elysium, which is currently slated to arrive towards the end of next summer. Given the film’s release date has already shifted once, chances are it could move again before it lands in theaters.

Coming Soon has the following synopsis:

“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 (Jodie Foster), a hard line 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 (Matt Damon) 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.”

In addition to Sharlto Copley, Elysium also features Matt Damon and his freshly shorn scalp. During an interview with Geek Tyrant, the actor revealed that he had to endure quite a bit of nastiness while shooting the film in South Korea.

This is what Damon said about shooting the film:

“We shot in that human-waste dump for two weeks. What you see on-screen is supposed to look futuristic, but it was actually just helicopters flying over us, kicking up dust that coats you and that you know is fecal matter. We were very careful, but it was unbelievably toxic. It’s the worst location I’ve ever heard of and could have been worse only if we’d filmed in the world’s largest waste dump, in South Korea.”

The image of Sharlto Copley all dressed up like a villain lies below.


Are you looking forward to Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium?