Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Robert Downey Jr. Reveals First Official Pic From Age Of Ultron
Genius billionaire playboy publicist?
Roberto Orci Wants To Direct Star Trek 3
And he's splitting up his writing partnership with Alex Kurtzman
Jon Turteltaub Directing It's A Small World Movie For Disney
The ear worm ride is being adapted...
Jessica Chastain Goes Blonde
She's in talks to be Marilyn Monroe for Andrew Dominik's latest
Len Wiseman Opens Black Chapter
Paranormal espionage activity?
Andy Fickman Attending My Owner's Wedding
He's set for a new canine comedy
Star Trek Writers To Reboot Flash Gordon
Update: Gordon's alive! At Fox!
Seeker Finds A Writer
Callie Kloves will adapt the YA novel
Adam Rifkin Chewing On Peeps
Producer buys sweet brand as next movie
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 April 2014
Maleficent Featurette Explores The Film
Jolie & co explain the idea
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Interstellar
07 November 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Zero Theorem (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Monuments Men (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Oldboy (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Elysium (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Elysium (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

First Look At Sharlto Copley In Elysium
Playing the film’s villain Kruger

24 December 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  

submit to reddit

A few weeks ago we mentioned we'd spoken to Sharlto Copley for reasons we preferred to keep mysterious. One wag on the Empire messageboards suggested it was because he was up for Han Solo in Star Wars VII, but most of you probably guessed it was to do with Neill ‘District 9’ Blomkamp's upcoming dystopian epic Elysium. Now, heralding Empire’s 2013 Sci-fi Preview, we have an exclusive new image of the movie, showcasing Copley as the film’s villain Kruger.

Elysium is set in the year 2159, and pits the oppressed people of the ruined planet Earth against the privileged elite aboard the Elysium space station. Matt Damon is ex-convict man-on-a-mission Max, fighting with the Terrans for equality, and Jodie Foster is the dastardly government official intent on enforcing anti-immigration laws and keeping Elysium for the Elysians; Kruger is her relentless attack dog.

Reports over the summer seemed to suggest that Copley, who of course starred for Blomkamp in District 9, had one eye on Heath Ledger's Joker for the role of the black-ops military nutbag, but Copley tells Empire this was a misunderstanding. "The Joker was a mistaken reference," he says. "I was really just saying that that was the last time I saw a villain that inspired me: somebody that set the bar. There’s no connection or likeness to The Joker in terms of the character. What I did with him — which I try to do with all my original characters — was draw from real life. I combined references from a very infamous South African military battalion called 32 Battalion, that fought in the Border Wars in South Africa, and a stereotype of character that you get in the south of Johannesburg, where the guys are a little bit more comfortable with violence!"

Empire Magazine
Sharlto Copley talks Elysium inside the new issue of Empire magazine
 

Elysium is out in the UK September 20. For much more from Sharlto, pick up Empire's new issue, out on December 27 in both magazine and tablet form.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

The Hobbit Still Tops At US Box Office
Jack Reacher hits in second
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

Really looking forward to this.
You know it. More

Posted by Nicky C at 12:05 on 03 January 2013 | Report This Post

How good would that be?!
Sharlto as Han Solo?! Hell yes!!! More

Posted by Maca007 at 10:57 on 24 December 2012 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Empire 300th Issue: The Directors' Cut Cover
Spielberg, Whedon, Fincher, Abrams Mann and more take over

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)