Production Begins on Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Adds Sigourney Weaver

October 28, 2013

Sigourney Weaver

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.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


Even if Elysium didn't live up to the high standard of District 9 I'm still really looking forward to Chappie. The addition of a legend like Weaver can only be a good thing.

Alistair Stewart on Oct 28, 2013


Really disliked Elysium. Disappointing coming after the excellent District 9.

cobrazombie on Oct 30, 2013


I'm willing to support Neil Blomkamp no matter what, and this sounds like a SUPREMELY GREAT IDEA! 😀 It's just sad that everyone's bashing Elysium because that film had a great, touching message about self-sacrifice. Even though Chappie is a comedy, I hope Blomkamp holds up a strong message about family. *Please make me cry, Neil*

RobotProphet on Oct 30, 2013

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