Da­mon quick to sign on

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY MOVIES -

Da­mon (pic­tured) jumped at the chance to star in forth­com­ing movie Ely­sium af­ter learn­ing Neill Blomkamp would be di­rect­ing the epic. The Bourne Iden­tity star takes the lead in the fu­tur­is­tic sci-fi film and Da­mon felt com­pelled to sign up for the role af­ter be­ing im­pressed by Blomkamp’s pre­vi­ous big-screen of­fer­ing, Dis­trict 9. ‘‘Af­ter I saw Dis­trict 9, if Neill had called me out of the blue and said, ‘‘This is Neill Blomkamp, will you be in my next movie?’ I would have said yes,’’ he told fans at the panel dis­cus­sion at Comic-Con.

Fans were also treated to a pre­view clip of the film, also star­ring Jodie Fos­ter and due for re­lease in March.

‘‘There’s an el­e­ment of sales­man­ship about films that some­times makes me feel a bit dis­tant as a fan,’’ Blomkamp says. ‘‘But launch­ing footage at Comic-Con is . . . ac­tu­ally a true, hon­est thing. There’s no lies about it. It’s just com­pletely fans want­ing cool footage, so I’m OK with it.’’

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