Must Watch: First Trailer for Neill Blomkamp's New Film 'Chappie'

November 4, 2014

Chappie Trailer

"I brought you into this world… a machine that can think and feel." Yes! It's time for our first look. Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, a story about a boy, his robot, and the big, bad world he brings him into. Dev Patel stars as the creator of Chappie, a robot who will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. Sharlto Copley voices our new friend Chappie, and the cast includes Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver. This trailer is really something, everything I was hoping for and more from Blomkamp. I love the worlds he creates, and the characters he introduces, I'm always excited for more. "People are always fearful of something they don't understand."

Here's the first official trailer for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, originally from Entertainment Weekly:

Chappie Poster

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. Chappie is the third film written and directed by South African sci-fi auteur Neill Blomkamp, following up his films Elysium and District 9 previously. The script was co-written by Terri Tatchell, based on Blomkamp's short Tetra Vaal. Filming took place down in South Africa last year, with a cast including rappers Die Antwoord and Hugh Jackman. Sony Pictures has Blomkamp's Chappie set for release starting on March 6th, 2015 next year. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 63 Comments


Die Antword - movie debut - fucking awesome , best CG composting of all time - EVER !! - this is like Pinnochio meets AI meets Mad Max - lovVVvvvVvvving it!

shane willett on Nov 4, 2014


YOLANDI AND NINJA!? That sold my ticket!

Kento on Nov 4, 2014


Yolandi's voice is like dying and going to Africa... just love.. Capetown looks so Mad Max

shane willett on Nov 4, 2014


This looks surprisingly...good.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 4, 2014


This is a lot more serious than I expected. I love it though. Despite a lot of peoples dissapointment I loved Elysium and this looks like Blomkamp is going to go 3 for 3.

Jon Odishaw on Nov 4, 2014


I agree, it took me a second time of watching Elysium to really enjoy what he had in the movie, but I loved it. This looks just as good, gives me the feel of Elysium and District 9 combined into one world.

Justin R on Nov 4, 2014


Nah. I didnt think Elysium was a good movie. it lacked something. And yes, I blame Matt Damon.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 4, 2014


if it lacked anything it was a female lead, if you ask me.

Jon Odishaw on Nov 4, 2014


I normally like Jodie Foster but that was a terrible role.

borninatrailer on Nov 4, 2014


yea her and alice brega? not sure her name, not a fan though.

Jon Odishaw on Nov 4, 2014


Braga. And I agree about ELYSIUM. Very good film, but paled in comparison to D9. 8/10.

DAVIDPD on Nov 4, 2014


Yeah Matt Damon fucks everything up - just like Shia Lebarf !

shane willett on Nov 4, 2014


Pretty sure Shia has saved pretty much every movie he's been in. Other than Indiana Jones, but that was unsaveable

Jon Odishaw on Nov 5, 2014


Maatt Daaaamon.

Guest on Nov 4, 2014


Matt Daaamon

Justin R on Nov 4, 2014


Am I wrong in thinking this was originally supposed to be a comedy? I thought I remember reading that. Don't really care, either way, it looks fantastic!

Danimal on Nov 4, 2014


Yea thats the impression I was under, too. Which would have been fine and I'm sure this will be a lot more lighthearted than district or elysium but at least it allows Blomkamp to have some more awesome, balls to the wall slow mo action.

Jon Odishaw on Nov 4, 2014


Yea I think it was stated a number of times on firstshowing that it would be a comedy. But this is only the first trailer. It could be how it was cut and also that slow background music.

Oblique on Nov 4, 2014


Some how the head of Chappie reminds me of the android from Appleseed

HarryFiddleSticks on Nov 4, 2014


Yea it does lol

Oblique on Nov 4, 2014


It's the antennae

TheOct8pus on Nov 4, 2014


This is the project from Blomkamp that I have been waiting for. District 9 remains to be one of my favourite sci fi films. Who wasn't a blubbering idiot during the last scene? Elysium was not what everyone expected but it had some remarkable attributes and great emotional pull at times. It looks like Chappie will keep coming with the emotional content. And that mocap...Blomkamp is here to stay for a long while.

Maxx on Nov 4, 2014


amen to that. i'll take Blomkamp's emotional *and* action packed sci-fi plus social commentary over most of the rest most days. D9 still astounds me every time i watch it, while i am in the minority who genuinely liked Elysium, even if it's not at the D9 level. i've been looking forward to Chappie since D9. interested, too, to see what Jackman's like in a less than sympathetic role. in there like swimwear on opening night.

son_et_lumiere on Nov 4, 2014


I'm excited to see this one. Looks great. Love Blomkamp's work and this one looks to be another great addition. Short Circuit for a new generation.

JohnnyConfidence on Nov 4, 2014


Die Antwoord...? Whaaat? Film looks fantastic, though.

Nielsen700 on Nov 4, 2014


Yeah, no mention of them being in the film...????

borninatrailer on Nov 4, 2014


Sooo funny! Laughed so hard, I think I broke a rib or something... But siriously tho, epic trailer, comedy or not (there were some quick funny bits). Can't wait, should be a hit!

Armitall on Nov 4, 2014


Chappie alive?!

avconsumer2 on Nov 4, 2014


Why so serious?

DAVIDPD on Nov 4, 2014


Looks okay. Seen these exact themes done well already though. I Robot, Wall e, A.I. just to name a few.

ion677 on Nov 4, 2014


When you wish upon a star...

DAVIDPD on Nov 4, 2014


Yeah boyeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Carpola on Nov 4, 2014


District 9 is an amazing film and my number one favourite film. I avoided all the trailers and release material for Elysium to go in as 'fresh' as possible and it was an utter mess. Convoluted, uninvolving and juvenile in it's morality. From an astonishing high to a ridiculous low, this will have to go someway to make up for that forgettable garbage.

Payne by name on Nov 4, 2014


I'd say that Chappie is getting back to his roots after being rail roaded by the studio system. I have a feeling Elysium is not the film he wanted to make. When you go from D9, which had a very low budget, to the captain of a $200 million ship you lose a lot of creative control. Chappie is a short film that Blomkamp made before D9 so it's more of a passion project than the paycheck that he got for riding the hype machine from D9 into Elysium.

MattPeloquin on Nov 4, 2014


if he didn't want to make it he wouldn't have. He wrote the thing so of course he wanted to make it and thought it was good which i also thought

steve on Nov 4, 2014



Matthew on Nov 4, 2014


Looks pretty good. I thought it was going to be something a little different but another retelling of PINOCCHIO is fine by me. I hear Chappie's got no strings.

DAVIDPD on Nov 4, 2014


"Now I'm free...there are no strings on me". This looks amazing and charming as hell, can't wait to see it!

Ricardo_PT on Nov 4, 2014


Okay, fine not bad. Elysium was cuck as they say in South Africa, really bad honestly. This looks promising.

Goodfella on Nov 4, 2014


Well, South Africa is wrong then. You're also wrong. Elysium was great. And this also looks pretty fucking great.

Trey Wilson on Nov 4, 2014


Ah geez Trey why are you trolling?

Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 4, 2014


Not trolling, kid. Giving my opinion. I liked Elysium. A lot.

Trey Wilson on Nov 4, 2014


Just messing with ya, kiddo. 😉 To each its own. I went (back then) with a group of 4 massive District 9 fans and everyone afterwards shook their head. While it had its 'cool' moments, it felt really shallow. I have no desire to ever see it again. Sorry.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 4, 2014


Exactly, I'm not saying it was awful, it just didn't meet the grade expected. 2 out of five stars, better than one star anyway.

Goodfella on Nov 5, 2014


Elysium wasn't really bad at all. It was a pretty top notch sc-fi movie, imo better than district 9. But that's my opinion

steve on Nov 4, 2014



Fox on Nov 4, 2014


What song is playing in the background?

Ben Nesvig on Nov 4, 2014


I'm in!

CShane on Nov 4, 2014


Of course Sharlto Copley is in it lol

steve on Nov 4, 2014


Of course!! ^^

RobotProphet on Nov 5, 2014


Movie looks promising. Die Antwoord does not.

Fox on Nov 4, 2014


Damn robot's probably gonna make me get a little misty.

grimjob on Nov 5, 2014


Ugh I hated Elysium but this does look good. What was with Foster's accent in that movie btw?! LOL Hilariously awful performance and same with Matt Damon's dry dull performance.

SkyNet300 on Nov 5, 2014


great trailer and looks great! will be a hit!

Avi on Nov 5, 2014


The world is going to watch this, then develop positive emotions for robots and AI, and then create the first robot with AI and accept him with open arms. His name will probably be Skynet.

backwardsprogress on Nov 5, 2014


Holy YESS!! :D!!!!! FINALLY! I loved the hell out of district 9, I freaking loved elysium, but this looks like it's going to be my favorite neil blomkamp film!!! I don't know what to do--I'm SO EXCITED!!! Someone needs to catch me right now cause i'm gunna hit the floor.

RobotProphet on Nov 5, 2014


Blomkamp lost me with the terrible Elysium, but this looks like he might've got his mojo back...fingers crossed for good stuff.

cuckoozey on Nov 5, 2014


Very interesting.

John Doe on Nov 5, 2014


Blomkamp's look on things is still to me very fresh and out of left field (I even say this looking past Elysium which wasn't a favourite of mine). I for one am very excited for this one. Plus, Yo Landi and Ninja... COME ON! 🙂

Huck PS on Nov 8, 2014


I don't know... Just feel very cautious after Elysium... Which was sad in almost every respect...

shiboleth on Nov 8, 2014


I'll go for that! Even just to see die antwoord in action.

Jamie Holmes on Nov 10, 2014


This reminds me of short circuit which I loved as a kid, can't wait to see this. On another note Hugh Jackman would make a great Big Boss or Solid Snake

Dennis Olivares on Nov 10, 2014


Started watching movie years ago, that seems to be very much like Chappie. Cannot remember the title. Tried Tetra Vaal, but found no movie available. Anyone else see this movie.

John Casey on Feb 11, 2015

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