It feels strange and wrong that its taken this long (three movies!) for Sigourney Weaver to appear in a Neill Blomkamp film. Chappie, which follows his 2009 Best Picture-nominee District 9 and this summer’s Elysium, is about a robot named Chappie (voiced by Blomkamp stalwart Sharlto Copley) that is kidnapped and becomes part of an odd family. It’s unclear what role Weaver will be playing, but it just feels right that she’s here.
Chappie will also star Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel and will be Blomkamp’s first effort combining comedy with his sci-fi strengths. It may be too early to say, but it appears that the film will focus less on Blomkamp’s trademark political and social themes, with a story he claims to be much simpler than his past films. Although it remains to be seen what Blomkamp-grade comedy will be like.
Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment, production has already begun with a script by Blomkamp and District 9 co-writer (and his wife) Terri Tatchell. The film is based on Blomkamp’s own 2003 short film, his first, Tetra Vaal. Watch below:[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTnxP7e7-YA”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]
Chappie is due in theatres March 27, 2015.