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Briefly: Neill Blomkamp is following Elysium with the film Chappie, in which a couple of gangster steal a robot named Chappie, which ends up adopted into ”a very strange and dysfunctional family.” Sharlto Copley is providing the voice of Chappie, and Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel are cast as well.

Now Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of the film. We don’t know the specifics on her role, but given that “dysfunctional family” aspect of the story, it’s possible to imagine she’s the matriarch of that setup.

Sony has set a March 27, 2015 date for the film. The following is what we’ve known of the story so far: “Chappie tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters.” [Variety]

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Hugh Jackman Joins Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’

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Neill Blomkamp is adding a bit of star power to Chappie. Hugh Jackman confirmed in a recent interview that he is set for a supporting role in the film, which centers around a robot police officer (voiced by Sharlto Copley) who’s kidnapped by hoodlums (Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er).

Hit the jump for more details about the casting, including some hints about whom Jackman could play.

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Briefly: Elysium failed to generate much heat when it opened in August this year, but perhaps Neill Blomkamp will have better luck in a cooler month. Sony has set a March 27th, 2015 release for his upcoming Chappie, a more lighthearted sci-fi pic about a police robot (Sharlto Copley) captured by South African gangsters (Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er).

The new date puts Chappie up against Fox’s animated spinoff The Penguins of Madagascar. Additionally, Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four and Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella are set to open in the same month, on March 6 and March 13, respectively. Official synopsis after the jump. [The Film Stage]

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Sharlto Copley and Neill Blomkamp on Elysium set

Elysium‘s box office performance this past weekend was nothing to get excited about, but evidently that hasn’t slowed Sony’s enthusiasm for director Neill Blomkamp. Sony is once again teaming with Media Rights Capital for Blomkamp’s next, the sci-fi comedy Chappie.

And with that announcement come more details about the movie, which had previously been kept under wraps. Sharlto Copley is set to star, as he has in both of Blomkamp’s features so far, along with Die Antwoord members Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er. Hit the jump to learn more about the plot.

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Neill Blomkamp exploded on the scene in 2009 with his gritty sci-fi feature District 9, which was released to critical and commercial praise. Since then, we’ve waited four years to see the director’s sophomore effort, now a mere few weeks away. The film, Elysium, opens August 9. After that, he’ll make a movie called Chappie.

All that time, fans have been clamoring to see a continuation of the world Blomkamp created in District 9. The writer/director has said it was something he was interested in, it simply hasn’t all come together yet. In a new interview, Blomkamp gives his most significant update yet on the sequel, tentatively called District 10. He’s co-written an 18-page treatment for the sequel with his wife/partner Terri Tatchell which he describes as “really f***ing cool.”

Below, get more info on that as well his next film Chappie, another idea he has called Mild Oats and confirmation that he turned down working on Star Wars. Read More »

Dev Patel

Actor Dev Patel spent much of his feature film debut, Slumdog Millionaire, trying to escape the slums, but for his next role he may head back into them. The British actor has entered early talks for Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi comedy Chappie. He’d play the human lead opposite Blomkamp’s District 9 and Elysium star Sharlto Copley, who’s been attached to play a robot for months. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Neill Blmokamp has been done with his second feature film, Elysium, for a while. We had to wait to see it as Sony decided August was a better release window than March. So on August 9 we’ll get a look at the film that casts Matt Damon as a desperate member of the economic underclass who invades Elysium, the orbital society of the wealthy.

In the meantime, the writer/director is already at work on his third feature, Chappie. The film, which features Sharlto Copley in a lead role, is described as a strange sci-fi comedy with a “ridiculous robot character,” but we haven’t known much more about it. Now  we know that Chappie will expand upon Blomkamp’s 2003 short film Tetra Vaal. See that short and get some new Chappie info below, along with a new TV spot for Elysium. Read More »

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Briefly: District 9 and Elysium writer/director Neill Blomkamp is going three for three with Sharlto Copley. The actor played the lead in Blomkamp’s first feature, and wear’s a villain’s scuzzy beard in his second (seen above). And now he’ll have a role in the director’s third picture, Chappie, which has enigmatically been described as a sci-fi comedy in an unusual setting. EW says Copley will star in Chappie, but otherwise has as little info to go on as the rest of us. Which is to say, next to none.

You might wonder just how strange Chappie will get. We’re still waiting on confirmation that Die Antwoord members Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er will be in the film, as reported not long ago in a South African news item. If those two really do end up in the film, we’ll start mental preparations to see Blomkamp’s most eccentric film yet.

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