Hugh Jackman Joins Neill Blomkamp’s Next Film, ‘Chappie’

By September 30, 2013

Hugh Jackman

While Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium wasn’t the late summer blockbuster savior many people had hoped it would be, the Matt Damon-starring film did prove that the director still has a knack for both creating eye-popping, original worlds and directing talented stars to interesting, offbeat performances.

Blomkamp is next set to helm his long-talked-about Chappie, another sci-fi feature that will again return him to his South African roots. Though we don’t know much about the film beyond the barest of bones – it will feature his constant co-star Sharlto Copley as the voice of a robot who is nicked by a pair of criminals bent on using him for their illegal enterprises, with popular South African rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser starring as the robot-stealing baddies – we do know that another major star has signed on for a role.

Hugh Jackman

Fresh off the success of his (very good, very demanding) turn in Prisoners, ScreenDaily reports that Hugh Jackman has signed on for a role in Chappie, though it doesn’t sound like a particularly beefy one. The Aussie actor confirmed the news to a press conference at the Zurich Film Festival, telling the press, “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.”

A couple of weeks of shooting doesn’t signal that Jackman will have a lead role, but he will likely have some sort of intriguing, tech-heavy supporting work to do for Chappie. Conversely, Blomkamp’s casting of such a giant star also ensures that the role should prove to be pivotal in some way.

Chappie should hit theaters sometime in 2015.

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Kate Erbland
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