First trailer for ‘Elysium’ starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster released – watch

'Elysium' is the second film from 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp

The first trailer for Elysium, the new sci-fi film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, has been released. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch it.

The film is set in the year 2159, where a wealthy elite lives on a flawless man-made space station called Elysium, but the rest of the human race is stuck on a ravaged planet Earth, which is now rife with crime and poverty.

Damon stars as an ordinary man from Earth who takes on a dangerous mission to get to Elysium by breaching its strict anti-immigration laws. Foster plays Elysium’s mayor, who will stop at nothing to keep him – and anyone else deemed undesirable – out of the artificial paradise.

Elysium is the second film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, who made his big screen debut with another sci-fi movie, District 9, which was a surprise hit back in 2009. Made for just $30 million (£19.5 million) with a relatively unknown cast, District 9 went on to gross over $210 million (£137 million) at the box office worldwide.

Elysium was made on a much larger budget of $120 million (£78 million). It opens in the US on August 9 but doesn’t arrive in UK cinemas until September 20.