Actor Matt Damon is in early talks for a role in Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi thriller Elysium, according to Deadline.

We reported earlier this week that District 9 star Sharlto Copley has signed onto the movie. However, like Matt Damon's potential role, no details were provided for either character. Media Rights Capital is behind the project, which plans to present Elysium to financiers sometime next year when its cast is firmly in place.

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Neill Blomkamp will direct from his own script. Although little is known about the plot, Elysium is said to be set on a distant planet in the future and will feature the same type of social commentary found in Blomkamp's District 9.