Hugh Jackman Joins the Cast of Neill Blomkamp's Next Film 'Chappie'
Now this casting is kind of awesome. Sci-fi filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is already in pre-production on his next movie, the comedy Chappie, set in Johannesburg, South Africa based on his 2003 short Tetra Vaal. We already know that Blomkamp has Dev Patel cast as the lead in the film, and will bring back his buddy Sharlto Copley to voice the main robot. It will also star the South African rap group Die Antwoord, too. Now Screen Daily (via SlashFilm) is reporting straight from the actor himself that Hugh Jackman has a small role in the sci-fi comedy involving a robot stolen by gangsters. This sounds like it's going to be so much fun.
Hugh Jackman himself made the reveal during a press conference at the Zurich Film Festival, where he was receiving the Golden Icon Award. After being questioned about a few other prospective projects, Jackman commented: "But 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." Shooting will start later this year and continue into early next year. Blomkamp's Chappie, produced by MRC for Sony/TriStar Pictures, is already set for release starting March 27th, 2015. The comedy is about a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. Stay tuned for updates.