Fans get early look at 'Elysium' footage

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 11:05 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The year is 2154, and Earth belongs to the poor. The wealthiest citizens live on "Elysium," (el-IS'-ee-um) 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.

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.

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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