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Published On: Thu, Aug 1st, 2013

‘Elysium’ extended trailer, Matt Damon talks about Eminem as the first choice to lead the film

Check out an extended trailer to Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9) latest sci-fi feature, Elysium. Matt Damon talked with MTV about being the lead, but not the first choice in the film.

Rapper Eminem was tops on Blomkamp’s list. “I don’t even think [Eminem] was my competition. I think Neill went to him, so there was no competition. He got the offer, but that’s probably 75 percent of the things that I do — somebody else got the offer before — that’s kind of the nature of the business. I think you end up getting the part you’re supposed to get. The right actor gets the part, ultimately. In terms of me, I never asked Neill. I just found out about Eminem because I read it somewhere. It’s not like they bring us all in for the cattle call: ‘Goddamn it, Clooney’s here! I knew it.”

Here’s the 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. 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 bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an 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 Secretary 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 was written and directed by Blomkamp and stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, Alice Braga and Carly Pope.

It opens in theaters August 9th, 2013.

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