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.
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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