It Took Longer to Get a Poster for the ‘District 9’ Follow-Up Than the Trip to the Alien Home Planet

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Near the end of District 9, Christopher tells a transformed Wikus that it will take three years for him to return to his alien home planet and come back with a cure to turn him human again. That was in 2009, now in 2013, Neil Blomkamp's finally has a new movie, starring Matt Damon as a steel-aided strongman in a dystopian world in Elysium. There has been hardly any images leaked from the shoot until recently. The first teaser trailer is expected to hit this week and we finally have the first one-sheet poster for the film. And the verdict is...pretty badass.

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station that is disguised as a massive floating city called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens' luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max Coburn (Matt Damon), a 29 year-old ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium's mayor, Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

Elysium opens August 9th.

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