Despite reports last month that Jodie Foster had signed on to star opposite Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, the actress has denied she is involved with the movie. At least, not yet anyway.
“Actually, I’m not on that movie! I don’t know how that got out there,” says the actress. “Well, I’m not not on it, but I’m not booked or involved in a deal yet. People want to jump the gun on Neill because he’s the new David Fincher or whatever. And I get why – I love him and District 9 was my favourite film of 2009. But we’re just not at that time in the process yet…”
It would be interesting to see Jodie Foster in a big budget sci-fi movie, simply because we haven’t seen the actress in over a decade. Foster will next be seen alongside Mel Gibson in The Beaver, which she also directed, in April.
Not a lot is known about the 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.