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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.

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.