We are still very much in the dark when it comes to Neill Blomkamp’s next movie, Elysium. We know the District 9 director is re-teaming with Sharlto Copley, and that Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are involved, but so far no details on their characters have been revealed.
While on the rounds promoting The Beaver (which she directed) Jodie Foster took part in an interview with The L.A Times (via /Film), and at the end it mentions Foster will play “a head of state on an alien planet” in Elysium.
Although it’s only a minor detail, it does give us something to speculate on. Foster could be playing an alien on this other planet, or she could be a human leader on a planet which has been colonized by humans. Not a lot is known about the actual story, other than it is set 100 years in the future. Blomkamp described it last year as “totally original, it’s my own story…It’s set on another planet, but it’s cool. It’s violent, very violent, and very unique hopefully. We’ll see.”
Blomkamp will have his sets designed by Syd Mead (Blade Runner) who isn’t easy to hire, but he liked District 9 so agreed to come aboard. The film will begin pre-production in April, and start filming in July in Vancouver before moving to Mexico City. Blomkamp will then have quite a lot of time for post-production, with Sony planning to release the film on March 8th, 2013.