Sharlto Copley, who made one of the all-time best acting debuts with his performance in Neill Blomkamp’s Oscar-nominated District 9, in talks to star in the sci-fi flick I Am Number Four. Based off the young-adult science fiction book by James Frey and Jobie Hughes, the film is about Four (played by Beastly‘s Alex Pettyfer), one of nine aliens who escape their home planet before its annihilation by a rival species and hide out on Earth disguised as human high schoolers. According to Heat Vision, Copley will play, “a man who hailed from the alien world’s serving class but now is the title character’s adult guardian and mentor.”
The script is by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar and comes from a planned six-book series to be introduced this fall. D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) is attached to direct and Steven Spielberg will produce the film with Michael Bay. Copley will next be seen this summer in Joe Carnahan’s adaptation of The A-Team.