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Jodie Foster Will Head Up An Alien Planet In Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’

Jodie Foster Will Head Up An Alien Planet In Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

Given we’re still about two years from seeing Neill Blomkamp‘s “Elysium,” and that it’s likely that details are going to be guarded until that time, we’ll take every morsel of information that we can get for now.

Doing the rounds for her upcoming dramedy “The Beaver,” Jodie Foster spoke with the LA Times and while a direct quote would have been nicer, the paper let slip a minor detail about her role in the film saying she’ll play “a head of state on an alien planet.” So does that mean prosthetics and CGI for Foster? Or is she a human head of state? What’s the alien planet all about? Like we said, these are all questions that aren’t going to be answered anytime soon.

Anyway, Foster co-stars along with Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, Wagner Moura and William Fichtner in the film reportedly set 100 years in the future that will have a social commentary element. Damon will be playing an ex-con while Moura will be the villain in the film. Also on board is legendary “Blade Runner” designer Syd Mead who will be handling set design for the picture. The film hits on March 8, 2013.

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Am I the only person in the entire world who found District 9’s heavy-handed and obvious real-world social commentary to be stupid and distracting? Everybody I know left the theatre saying, “Do you get it? It’s based on a real slum.” I thought — “Well, obviously, you fucking morons.” If Clint Eastwood had made a movie about an alien rugby team that plays in an Ender’s Game-style floating holochamber, and called it Planet Invictus, would people have gone friggin’ insane for it?


I just started rolling my eyes at the “social commentary” line on “Elysium”. Why do directors have to be so obvious with their messages? I liked “District 9”, but when people left the theatre, they said, “If aliens did come down, that’s what would happen. That’s how we’d treat them,” shaking their heads.

It’s more interesting to incite a discussion than just to slam down a message about what is right and wrong.

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