Yesterday, Sony released the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. The trailer was exciting and action-packed, and gave sci-fi fans something to look forward to this August. While the film is still four months away, Sony also released a handful of images and banners to give people a closer look at Elysium.
The images reveal more of Max (Matt Damon) as he is fitted for the exoskeleton that is featured in Elysium’s trailer and movie poster. They also show the bounty hunter Kruger (Sharlto Copley) getting fitted with his own mechanical exoskeleton. There’s bound to be a showdown between those two at some point. Hopefully it will top the fight between Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) and Colonel Koobus Venter (David James) at the end of Blomkamp’s previous film, District 9.
Sony also re-launched Elysium‘s official website, ItsBetterUpThere.com. Previously, the website was pretty basic, with Sony logos and the first images released from the film. Now it looks much more dynamic, with interactive character profiles, info about the corporations and real estate companies from the world of Elysium, and PSAs about the titular space station’s anti-immigration laws. There’s also a piece of the film’s score that sounds like Daft Punk’s score for Tron: Legacy mixed with the music of dub-step guru Skrillex.
Elysium takes place in the year 2154, when the world only has two social classes: the ultra wealthy who live on the luxurious, orbiting space station called Elysium, and the extremely poor who are left to toil for food and water on the overpopulated Earth. Max develops cancer, so he takes a dangerous mission to Elysium to find a cure, while Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster), a hardline government official who enforces the station’s anti-immigration laws, sends a bounty hunter named Kruger to capture him.
It also seems that Secretary Rhodes’ name (the name given in the film’s first released synopsis) was changed to Delacourt.
Elysium will hit theaters everywhere on August 9th.