The latest addition to Neill Blompkamp‘s second feature Elysium is a good one: Diego Luna looks like the choice to play Julio, the closest friend of Matt Damon‘s character. In announcing the casting, Variety says the story ” revolves around aliens and humans doing battle on earth,” which is a slightly different description than we’ve heard in the past. Then again, we’ve heard very little description of the film so far, other than that Jodie Foster plays the head of state of an alien world, and that the film takes place 150 years in the future, with a socio-political bent.

Elysium also features Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, and Alice Braga. It shoots in Vancouver and Mexico City this summer, with a March 1, 2013 release date planned. We’re excited to see what’s in store; perhaps Comic Con will be the occasion that gives us a look at the film.

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Details on Elysium, the second full-length film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, have few and far in between. All we really know at this point is that it’s a sci-fi film with sociopolitical themes, set 150 years in a future in which Jodie Foster is a leader of an alien planet. And yet, thanks to an excellent cast (Foster, plus Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, and Alice Braga) and the strength of Blomkamp’s feature debut, Elysium is high on my list of films I’m anxious to see.

Now, a new interview with producer Simon Kinberg manages to further pique curiosity without really giving away anything else about the plot. Well done, dude. Hit the jump to see what he said.

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The latest addition to the cast of Neill Blomkamp‘s mysterious second film Elysium is Alice Braga, who has been seen in Predators, Repo Men, The Rite, and City of God. As with most of the cast of the film, we know nothing about her role at this point. Indeed, apart from the fact that the script contains some of the same blend of sci-fi and topical commentary that characterized District 9, and the fact that it is set 150 years in the future and involves Jodie Foster as the head of state of an alien planet, we know very little about Elysium as a whole. Read More »

Briefly: The latest move in the great Battle For March 2013 Release Dates is this: after Disney dated Oz: The Great and Powerful for March 8, 2013, Sony has responded by shifting Elysium up one week to March 1. Neill Blomkamp‘s second film had already been sitting on that March 8 date, but Sony is evidently keen on a March date for the sci-fi film that will star Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster and Wagner Moura.

We still don’t know too much about Elysium other than the fact that it is an R-rated tale set roughly 100 years in the future and will feature some of the same combination of sci-fi action and social commentary that characterized District 9. Jodie Foster plays a head of state on an alien planet, and ‘futurist’ Syd Mead is designing some elements for the shoot that is taking place in Vancouver and Mexico City. [ComingSoon]

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp continues to do things his way, and more power to him for it. That means that the production of his next film, Elysium, has been kept very much under wraps, with only the barest plot details divulged. In fact, in recent weeks, we couldn’t even really give a synopsis of the film; at best we could point to some pretty broad statements about the film that Mr. Blomkamp made over the past eighteen months.

We know that Matt Damon is in the film, as is District 9 star Sharlto Copley. Wagner Moura (Elite Squad) will play the villain. Jodie Foster was cast as well, seemingly in a smaller part, and now we’ve got some actual detail on her role. Read More »

First Look: Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’

Roman Polanski has just finished shooting Carnage, aka his adaptation of the play God of Carnage, in which Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz play two couples who end up tearing into each other after an altercation between their children at a park.

About a week ago a bunch of photos showed up from the wrap party, where the four leads and their director were photographed together. Now the first still from the film is available, after the break. Read More »

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Jodie Foster has been in the news all week thanks to the SXSW premiere of her film The Beaver, which stars Mel Gibson as a guy who, shall we say, loses his way before finding it again with the help of a hand puppet. (Peter was not a fan.) How do you follow a movie with as much rubbernecking public interest as The Beaver, which marks Mel Gibson’s return to the screen after a very public meltdown in 2010? How about with a sci-fi thriller? Jodie Foster has one in the script stage, and would like to direct it. Read More »

‘The Beaver’ Is A Tonal Mess [SXSW Review]

Remember The Beaver? First-time writer Kyle Killen‘s spec screenplay created all sorts of buzz around Hollywood, ended up on the 2008 Black List (a list of the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year), and gained the interest of Steve Carell and director Jay Roach. A lot of people, including former /Film writer Brendon Connelly called the screenplay “one of the few very best screenplays” he had “ever read.”

Roach and Carell left the project, and Jodie Foster (who directed Little Man Tate and Home for the Holidays) came aboard to helm the project with Mel Gibson in the leading role. Gibson’s problems in his personal life have caused this film to sit on the shelf, while Foster has tried to fine tune the film’s tone, and Summit Entertainment brainstorms ways to market a movie starring an actor who has made anti-Semitic and racist remarks. But the studio has been quietly positioning the film to be Gibson’s comeback project.

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‘The Beaver’ Bumped To May 6

Summit Entertainment must have gotten some pretty good buzz from early screenings of their controversial Jodie Foster/Mel Gibson film The Beaver because, according to Box Office Mojo, they bumped it back from its original March 23 release date. It’ll now open limited on the much more desirable summer date of May 6 before expanding on May 20. That will put it in direct competition on its limited weekend with Thor and on its wide weekend with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Directed by Foster and starring Gibson and Foster, The Beaver will have its first public premiere at South by Southwest next month. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it after the jump. Read More »

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