Variety are reporting that character actor William Fichtner, last seen opposite Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry 3D, is in final talks to join the growing cast of District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s follow up Elysium.
Fichtner is a perrenial ‘that guy from tv’ face probably best known for his roles on the small screen in Prison Break and Entourage, and small but memorable parts in big movies such as The Dark Knight, Armageddon and Black Hawk Down. He will be joining the already attached Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Wagner Moura.
The film was pitched to studios recently by Blomkamp and his backers Media Rights Capital with Sony snapping up distribution within hours, such is Blomkamp’s standing after his critically and commercially lauded debut. Blomkamp has described it as another sci-fi film but different to District 9. The story is said to be set 150 years in the future, will have some elements of social allegory as well as being very violent and very unique.
Blomkamp has also been lucky enough to secure the services of noted futurist/artist/production designer Syd Mead, probably most famous for his work on Blade Runner and a man very choosy about what he works on these days.
Elysium is set to go before cameras in late Spring in Vancouver for a March 8th 2013 release.