Fans Get Early Look At Elysium Footage

Matt Damon and host Steven Gaetjen attend the trailer launch event for 'Elysium' at the CineStar, Berlin, on April 8, 2013 Matt Damon and host Steven Gaetjen attend the trailer launch event for 'Elysium' at the CineStar, Berlin, on April 8, 2013

The year is 2154, and Earth belongs to the poor. The wealthiest citizens live on “Elysium,” an idyllic, disease-free utopia they built in space.

A few hundred film fans in Los Angeles and Berlin on Monday got an early look at the future home of the 1 percent as imagined by “District 9” writer-director Neill Blomkamp.

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Blomkamp showed about 10 minutes of footage from the anticipated film at a special screening.

Matt Damon, who stars alongside Jodie Foster, introduced the footage in Berlin and appeared at Hollywood’s Arclight Theater via satellite.

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In the film, Earth has become a trash-filled landscape policed by robotic droids. Damon plays a diseased Earthling trying to infiltrate Elysium to find a cure for himself, and possibly all of humanity.

“Elysium” is set to open in August.

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