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Comic-Con: Elysium Makes Its Debut

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It’s one of the most anticipated movies talked about at this year’s Comic-Con, and on Friday we got to see a sneak preview of never-before-seen footage from Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, Elysium. After getting a few words from Sharlto Copley, the breakout star of the 2009 film who once again teams up with Neill for this film, I ran over to the queue for the famed Hall H. This is Comic-Con – it’s all about the fans, so there are no press privileges here! Even for Hall H, the place to catch clips from movies and TV shows that have yet to be seen, and where the stars come to answer questions about their work. It seats about 6000 people but it’s so popular that you really aren’t guaranteed to get in, even after queuing for a while. I’ve heard crazy stories about Hall H, including one about someone who got stabbed (albeit with a pen) because someone sat in his seat. Like, I said, crazy.

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Luckily though, I made it in, unharmed, inside to see sneak previews of footage from Total Recall, the reboot starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, Looper with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, and Elysium, with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto. All the films look incredible, and I can’t wait to see them, but Elysium really seems as if it will be well worth the wait until next March when it comes out. It’s created out of Neill’s idea of a world where the planet has been so impoverished that the rich have moved onto their own one, where poverty and disease doesn’t exist. Matt Damon plays an action hero of sorts and Sharlto is a baddie, with a south of Joburg accent!

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Sharlto’s become a pro at doing press interviews.

I also spoke to Jeffrey Dean Morgan about his latest movie, The Possession, about a young girl who buys an antique box at a yard sale, in which a dormant malicious ancient spirit lives. Mr Morgan is lovely in person, even if by his admission, he was hungover. He said he can’t wait to come back to Comic-Con with another comic-book adventure like Watchmen.

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