He’s had to battle “fookin’ prawns” in District 9, the laws of physics in The A-Team and some space nasties in The Europa Report, but slowly but surely local boytjie Sharlto Copley is conquering Hollywood. And he didn’t have to cry in no bank queues neither, thank you very much Charlize Theron!
For his next film, Elysium, he’s reteaming with his old buddy and the guy who made his name, Neil Blomkamp, and judging from this new featurette and trailer for the film, both focusing on his Saffer-cyborg-hobo-ninja-enforcer (a sequence of words I never thought I would be typing when I awoke this morning) Kruger looks like it might just steal the show.
In the year 2154, 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 planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
That Saffer accent is coming through strong and I really like it. And here’s that featurette, giving us a further look at the man, as well as some inside knowledge from Blomkamp and his co-star Jodie Foster on what makes Kruger tick. You know, besides the joys of giving people “flesh wounds” and using his katana-from-the-future as an utensil for a chicken braai.
The first reviews for Elysium began coming in last week, and they’re all looking very, very solid across the board, which means that the film’s local release date of 30 August 2013 just couldn’t get here any sooner.
Last Updated: August 6, 2013