Matt Damon Is Bald And Armed In First Official ELYSIUM Pic

No, this is not a picture of Egghead from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

This is the first official picture of Matt Damon in Elysium, Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9. Like District 9Elysium is a pretty heavy-handed political metaphor, and hopefully like District 9 it will handle that metaphor with a sense of fun and wonder. Here's the synopsis that Collider got their hands on a couple of weeks ago:

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government of?cial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

So what's Damon shooting? "Chem Rail" - is that some kind of personal railgun that shoots chemical rounds?