Matt Damon in talks to join Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi Elysium

Bourne superstar Matt Damon is set to join Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp's mystery-shrouded follow-up to District 9 .

After such a startling debut, it's no surprise that Blomkamp is attracting A-list talent for his next venture.

Next to nothing is known about the plot of Elysium , though it is expected to be set on another planet in the far-flung future, and it's apparently not linked to District 9 at all.

Whether or not it has anything to do with a creepy, atmospheric viral that Blomkamp recently filmed is also unknown.

The project adds to an eclectic line-up for Damon: he'll next be seen as Texas ranger LaBoeuf in the Coen Brothers' hotly-anticipated Western True Grit , and he's then got Philip K. Dick adaptation The Adjustment Bureau , as well as Steven Soderbergh projects Contagion and Liberace .

Needless to stay we'll be keeping a close eye on anything Blomkamp turns his attention to, and we'll be eagerly awaiting further details on this project.

Source: Deadline via FirstShowing

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Matt Maytum
Editor, Total Film

I'm the Editor at Total Film magazine, overseeing the running of the mag, 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.