Alice Braga's casting may have a lot to do with the fact that she gained recognition in City of God, which features favelas very similar to those seen in the film.
Sharlto Copley outfits himself with a heavy exoskeleton in the final act, just as he does in Blomkamp's first film District 9
The Danza: Young Max is played by Maxwell Perry Cotton.
Fake Nationality: The three most prominent Latinos in the cast are played by two Brazilians and a WASP.
Fan Nickname: The production team and Neill calls the Exosuit, the "Hulk Suit" considering that it grants the user immense physical strength. Mind you that it's nowhere Hulk-level, but it works. Doubles as Genius Bonus: In the production art for the Exosuit, It's spelt "HULC Suit". HULC is short for Human Universal Load Carrier. Its the name of the powered exoskeleton system being produced by Lockheed Martin. In the featurette, The Tech of Elysium, Neill Blokamp describes how the exosuit is based upon technology being developed by the US Military.
Better hope that Frey (Alice Braga) is not connected to thoseFreys.
A story about a highly advance, elitist utopia orbiting above a Crapsack World where the lower classes dream of getting past their cybernetic oppressors and escaping to the world above? And it's even called 'Elysium'? Had nobody involved with the production of this movie heard of Deponia?
Playing Against Type: Sharlto Copley, who's previous characters have been nebbish, wacky and non-threatening, plays a hulking, Ax-Crazy, sociopathic enforcer for a tyrannical government.
Blomkamp originally wanted Eminem for the lead but the latter dropped out after they couldn't film in Detroit.
Kruger was originally going to be an android, then he was changed to a human who would be turned into a cyborg after getting horribly injured, until they finally settled for having him be already a cyborg, then donning a powered exoskeleton.
The original scene of attaching the exoskeleton would have been far more graphic, showing the removal of the subject's internal organs and their replacement with mechanical alternatives, and cutting off the top of the subject's skull in order to plug the control systems directly into the brain.