‘Elysium’: New trailer invites you to Bloomkamp’s space paradise

April 09, 2013 | 4:11 p.m.

The new trailer is out for “Elysium,” Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-nominated feature debut “District 9,” and it promises to return the filmmaker to the realm of cerebral sci-fi that won him such an ardent following.

In the year 2154, the wealthy residents of Earth have relocated to the paradise of Elysium, a beautiful space station where there is no poverty, no war and no sickness — and where strict anti-immigration measures ensure that only those rich enough to pay for admittance are admitted to its pristine confines. It’s the job of Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt to keep out the hoi polloi.

After an unexpected turn of events leaves Matt Damon’s Earth-bound tough guy Max in a fight for his life, he agrees to attempt a risky scheme to save himself, but he finds himself targeted by an Elysium enforcer by the name of Kruger (Sharlto Copley), a sort of futuristic black-ops soldier who lives in Earth’s slums.

Copley, Blomkamp and “Elysium” producer Simon Kinberg showed off the trailer and roughly 10 minutes of footage from the film to journalists and select fans at a Hollywood event Monday, with Damon participating via satellite from Germany where he’s currently shooting George Clooney’s drama “The Monuments Men.”

Damon told the audience Monday that he “could not pass up the chance” to work with Blomkamp because he’d been such an admirer of “District 9,” and he took a moment to praise Copley’s performance in that film.

For his part, Copley talked about working in grim conditions in the poor outskirts of Mexico City where the terrestrial portions of the movie were shot — Vancouver, Canada, hosted the Elysium sequences — and joked about how his rapport with Blomkamp had changed since making “District 9″ together.

“He’s a big deal now,” Copley said. “He’s a lot more bossy.”

“Elysium” opens Aug. 9.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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