Matt Damon, Neill Blomkamp Talk 'Elysium,' Heath Ledger and Big Bird, Plus Watch the New Extended Trailer

Next weekend will finally see the release of Elysium starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The sci-fi action drama with a socioeconomic message is the sophomore Hollywood effort from District 9 writer-director Neill Blomkamp.

For those who caught The Wolverine last weekend, you got a glimpse at the latest trailer for the film and now, an extended version clocking in at almost four-minutes long has arrived online and looks fantastic. Take a look below.

Damon, Foster and frequent Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley joined the director in a recent EW interview to talk about the film and how it all came together. Damon is featured on the cover and the site also shows off six exclusive "supersized" pics from the movie. The issue, currently on newsstands, also includes sidebars with the stars, Damon's mech-warrior suit and some of the technology seen in the film.

Here are a few highlights from the interview.

On having second thoughts about making Elysium:

On working with Damon and Foster:

Damon, responding to Blomkamp's apprehension:

Copley on how Blomkamp was adamant on keeping him from improvising:

Damon on how Copley reminds him of Heath Ledger:

Blomkamp on the culture shock of immigrating with his mother from postapartheid South Africa to Vancouver:

The variety of languages you'll hear in Elysium, per EW article:

Blomkamp on designing Elysium and drawing an analogy with America:

Blomkamp on choosing Los Angeles as a setting to replicate Mexico City:

Blomkamp on balancing the needs of a big-budget summer movie without losing his message:

Elysium opens August 9. Get your tickets now!


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