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Exclusive: Matt Damon goes sci-fi badass in the Elysium Trailer

Elysium is the latest sci-fi actioner from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, and you can watch the first trailer right here.

Looking set to provide the same mix of thought-provoking concept and jaw-dropping action as Blomkamp’s feature debut, Elysium takes its name from a space station that’s home to Earth’s wealthiest inhabitants in 2159.

Those less fortunate folk stuck on the planet’s surface are constantly seeking ways of finding a better life in orbit, by any means necessary. Matt Damon’s Max may have found a way to emigrate upwards, but it’s not without its risks. He’s going to have to suit up with some pretty heavy firepower.

Watch the Elysium trailer below:

Damon looks pretty imposing when he's marching along in that exo-skeleton, right? And we get intriguing glimpses of Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley's characters, in amidst the gloriously realised sci-fi landscapes. And it looks like there'll be plenty of ultra-cool future tech to gawp over...

Elysium opens in the UK on 20 September 2013.