Matt Damon In Talks To Star In Neill Blomkamp's Elysium
I'm as high on Matt Damon as I've ever been right now, having been so bowled over by his performance in True Grit that I've forgiven him for being bland in both Hereafter and Invictus (and I wasn't sure I'd ever get over that double whammy). Between his mustache and Southern accent in True Grit, his appearances wooing Liz Lemon on 30 Rock and the ongoing brilliance of "I'm F---ing Matt Damon," I'm willing to follow this guy pretty much anywhere-- and that goes double if Neill Blomkamp is going there with him.
Yes, Damon is apparently in early negotiations to star in the District 9 director's next film, titled Elysium and set on a faraway planet. According to Deadline Damon would be starring alongside Sharlto Copley, who of course played Wikus van der Merwe in District 9 and gave one of last year's best performances. Copley didn't fare nearly so well with his follow-up performance in The A-Team, but I get the feeling Damon will make for a much better co-star than Bradley Cooper and a bunch of explosions.
Damon's got another sci-fi project, The Adjustment Bureau, hitting theaters in the spring, and he's also starring in We Bought A Zoo for Cameron Crowe, a project that will presumably start before Elysium. After the twin disappointments of Green Zone and Hereafter Damon's 2010 is ending on a bang, and things seem to be looking even better going forward.
While we're on the subject of loving Matt Damon, check out his big of the New York Times's "Actors Acting" feature. It's weird and wonderful.
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