Eminem asked to star in Elysium before Matt Damon cast

Metro

Eminem was approached to star in Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi film Elysium before Matt Damon was cast.

The rapper, who has acted before in 8 Mile, was asked to play the lead but was only interested in the movie if it could be shot in his hometown of Detroit, according to Wired.

But Blomkamp was unable to do this so he offered the role to Matt Damon instead, who accepted.

Eminem wasn’t the first choice either – Blomkamp reportedly approached Ninja, a member of South African rappers Die Antwoord, to play the lead as he initially saw the film as a lower budget one.

But Ninja felt the role would be too high-profile for his first foray into acting so he said no.

He told the magazine: ‘It was a f***ed-up, difficult decision.’

Elysium is set in 2159 where the human race is divided with the poor living on Earth and…

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