With all of the recent Star Trek speculation (as well as ongoing conversations about the future of the Star Wars saga, as well), it’s easy to overlook that another highly-anticipated science-fiction drama is barreling towards theaters in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, his follow-up to the heralded District 9 that will star Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

Neither of those two heavy-hitting talents are showcased in a new Elysium image posted in Empire magazine (and grabbed by ComingSoon), but we do get an up-close, intense shot of District 9 hero Sharlto Copley. His character’s name is Kruger. He appears to have something mechanical happening with his face. And he’s going to make Damon’s life very difficult:

We reported on Sony’s Elysium panel back at San Diego Comic-Con, noting that Copley’s character was a scene-stealing bad-ass. His task is to hunt down Damon’s character, who is trying to gain access to an elite community that exists off our planet, in the outer atmosphere of Earth. But the character, from the clips we were able to see, has such a femented sense of humor. I think most people are going to leave Elysium raving about Copley’s performance, as well as the special effects.

In addition to the photo, ComingSoon has a deeper plot synopsis.
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.”

The movie co-stars Wagner Moura, Alice Braga and Diego Luna. It is going to be in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013. Hopefully this image means we’ll have a proper trailer to analyze sometime soon.

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