First Look: Sharlto Copley As the Villain in Neil Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’

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sharlto copley elysium image First Look: Sharlto Copley As the Villain in Neil Blomkamps Elysium

2013 is going to be an impressive year for original science-fiction entertainment and District 9 writer-director Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium ranks high on the list of upcoming anticipated futuristic blockbusters.

Blomkamp’s sophomore feature-length helming effort takes place in 2159, where society is split between the Terrans (who dwell on a devastated, post-apocalyptic Earth) and Elysians, who reside in the space station Elysium orbiting the planet. Matt Damon stars as ex-convict Max, a dying Terran who undertakes a dangerous mission to save his life (and maybe unite the separate classes); meanwhile, Jodie Foster plays Secretary Rhodes, a shrewd government crony intent on upholding the current social order.

District 9 star Sharlto Copley appears in Elysium as (nasty) Kruger, who Empire describes as Rhodes’ “relentless attack dog.” The former previously (inadvertently) likened his performance in Blomkamp’s new film to Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight, but has since clarified the true inspiration for his villainous alter ego.

Here’s an excerpt from Copley’s Empire interview (followed by the first image of the actor in Elysium):

 “The Joker was a mistaken reference. I was really just saying that that was the last time I saw a villain that inspired me: somebody that set the bar. There’s no connection or likeness to The Joker in terms of the character. 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!”


sharlto copley elysium First Look: Sharlto Copley As the Villain in Neil Blomkamps Elysium


Rounding out the Elysium cast are such people as William Fitchtner (The Lone Ranger), Alice Braga (On the Road), Michael Shanks (Saving Hope), Diego Luna (Casa de mi Padre), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) and Faran Tahir (Dallas). The script, story and characters were conceived by Blomkmap; you can read more about them in our Comic-Con report, which includes additional commentary from Copley and his fellow cast members.

Elysium opens in U.S. theaters on August 9th, 2013. Will you be checking it out?


Source: Empire

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  1. Can’t wait for this, District 9 was one of my favourite movies of recent years, imagine what Blomkamp will be able to achieve with a bigger budget! Bring on the trailer!!

  2. I think the mech-suit from d9 was the coolest and best mech suit on film to date. That thing was sooo cool!

  3. This pic had me yelping ‘Holy f***n s**t’. Rugged look combined with face prosthetics establishes a kind of post-cyberpunk feel to it. A total BAMF!

    • agreed sharlto copley is the man.. this is going to be epic.

  4. “Matt Damon stars as ex-convict Max, a dying Terran who undertakes a dangerous mission to save his life (and maybe unite the separate classes)”

    Snake Plissken approves.

    • Yes,he does !:)

    • but Matt Damon jumped the shark like five years ago. He is a metrosexual who is better cooking pasta than doing anything meaningful…

  5. Can’t wait for this. Hope we get a trailer real soon.

  6. I saw this movie about a month ago at a screening in LA. It was ok, thought it was gonna be better. It does have a big District 9 feel to it for sure but it just didn’t wow me. Copley was good but Matt Damon was kind of a bore.

    • You are telling us that you saw this movie; 10 months before it’s release? Only a few months after the filming ended?

      • Yes Alex I did. I get emails every week to see previews of movies. Some are crappy no name ones some are more popular ones. the special effects and sound wasn’t 100% done but most of it was complete. They want audience reactions so they know how to advertise the movie, make edits, etc.

        • Not calling you a liar, but that is a bit hard to believe, mate. Surely you understand my skepticism. Anyway, enlighten me. What exactly is it that you do that makes you eligible to see previews of movies that aren’t even out of post-production.

          • Hmm maybe he’s telling the truth. @Kopac commented the same thing down below, so I did some digging (googled). Couldn’t find anything about a screening in LA a month ago, but apparently there was one back in June somewhere in the US, so what @ManBearPig said isn’t so crazy after all.

        • Arent you breaking some kind of NDA even talking about it ?

        • I smell BS.

          • exactly!

        • “wasn’t 100% done but most of it was complete”

          I know two people who saw it, and they said 90% of special effects weren’t in (see guys in greensuits/space ship was drawings) and the music was from some other film as composer wasn’t chosen yet. Apparently they have done a months worth of re-shoots since the screenings(same as district 9).

          One also has to remember that half the fun of a film like this is to draw you in and if effects like CGI aren’t in then you don’t get immersed (imagine D9 with instead of aliens there are guys in greensuits). If someone offered me a chance to see this film like that I would refuse as it would hamper my enjoyment.

  7. This is my most anticipated sci-fi movie of 2013

  8. I also saw this movie at an early screening a little more than a month ago. I know we were asked not to speak of the film in great detail so I wont but I will tell you guys that I thought it was pretty solid. If you liked District 9 than most likely you will be into Elysium. I think the film will be that much better when it is eventually released because of audience feed back.

  9. Elysium’s background story/plot looks alot like Battle Angel Alita manga ( known as Gunm in Japan )

  10. Super excited for this movie! District 9 was awesome, and I can’t wait for another great original sci-fi movie. Original sci-fi movies seem to be making a comeback, with Elysium, plus After Earth and Oblivion which at the very least look intriguing, and of course this past year’s Looper, which IMO signified the genre’s rebound.

    Neil Blomkamp all the way!!