It was recently announced that Chappie, Neill Blomkamp‘s follow-up to Elysium, is scheduled for release 18 months from now March 27, 2015. So it’s time for details on the secretive project to surface. We know the basic plot: “A robot imbued with artificial intelligence… is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.” Blomkamp favorite Sharlto Copley voices the robot, Ninja and Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord play the gangsters. Dev Patel is linked to the role of “a young man in the impoverished town,” but his casting is not official.
Hugh Jackman is at the Zurich Film Festival promoting Prisoners, and announced that he will take on a role in Chappie, too. Details after the break.
Screen Daily passed along Jackman’s message from Zurich:
“I am doing a role in Neill’s new film, called Chappie, which we shoot in Johannesburg. I’m there for a couple of weeks at the beginning of next year.”
Based on their knowledge of the story, Bleeding Cool adds, “It would seem that Jackman is playing a CEO who ends up on the wrong side of the gangsters.” The character is “apparently quite resourceful.” Two weeks of shooting should not amount to a major role, but Jackman is a valuable piece to fill out a diverse cast.
Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell wrote the script based on Blomkamp’s short Tetra Vaal, a parody commercial for a robotic police force in the South African slums. Check out the short below: