Damon quick to sign on
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.’’