Sharlto Copley Latest to Join DJ Caruso's I Am Number Four
by Ethan Anderton
April 13, 2010
For some reason, at the end of last month, we missed reporting news of young British actor Alex Pettyfer joining DJ Caruso's adaptation of the upcoming young-adult science fiction book, I Am Number Four, by James Frey and Jobie Hughes. The actor will be playing playing the title role of Four, 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, only to discover they're still being hunted by their enemy. Now Heat Vision is reporting that Sharlto Copley, who had his breakthrough last year in District 9, has also joined the cast in a pivotal role.
Copley (who also looks to be enjoying his newfound fame with some ridiculous action in this summer's The A-Team) 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 story is being adapted by Al Gough and Miles Millar ("Smallville" creators) from a planned six-book series, with the first installment being published sometime in fall. Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay are producing, so this project has some heavy hitters behind it. The concept, which is almost like a reverse of The Faculty, certainly sounds fascinating and I can't wait to hear who else joins the cast.