Neil Blomkamp is taking an intriguing attitude to casting his District 9 follow-up, Elysium and with each new name brought aboard, we’re increasingly interested to see the thing. Well, we’ll have to wait, since he doesn’t kick off shooting until July, but now Alicia Braga is on for an undisclosed role.
Yes, Blomkamp and his team have been working hard to make sure that few details about the movie leak before they’re ready to start teasing us, but we do know it takes place in the distant future and will feature plenty of the socio-allegorical themes that were a big part of District 9. Just no Prawns this time. Unless they get a background cameo.
Matt Damon’s on for the lead alongside Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner and Brazilian actor Wagner Moura. And if you weren’t already excited by the prospect of another sci-fi film from Blomkamp, he’s also got legendary designer Syd Mead working on the sets and other concepts.
As mentioned, the film doesn’t gear up production until July, starting in Vancouver before moving to Mexico City. And we’ll have to wait until March 2013 at the earliest to see it hit cinemas. Never a TARDIS around when you need one…