Production Begins on Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Adds Sigourney Weaver
by Ethan Anderton
October 28, 2013
Sci-fi icon Sigourney Weaver can add one more film to her seemingly neverending genre roster as Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital have announced the start of production on Chappie, the new film from District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp. Sharlto Copley has already been announced as the voice of the title robot, and Dev Patel has a lead role in the film along with a small role for Hugh Jackman. Now the press release announcing the start of production has revealed Weaver has a role in the film about a robot who is kidnapped by two criminals at his conception, and becomes the adopted son in their strange family.
The film is based on the Blomkamp's short film Terta Vaal, which acts as an advertisement for a force of robots used to help police and develop slum nations around the world. Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret are also part of the cast, but their characters (along with Weaver's) have yet to be revealed. With production just now beginning, we're betting a 2015 release date is most likely, especially since there will likely be extensive special effects needed to bring Chappie to life on the big screen. Here's hoping the film is a little more District 9 and a little less Elysium, just for a bit more substance.