As we’ve known for a good while,the title role in Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie has gone to Sharlto Copley. He’ll be playing the role of a law enforcement robot through performance capture.
Also in the cast are Ninja and Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord as a pair of gangsters who try to reprogram Chappie for their own ends, and Dev Patel as… well, we don’t know what. I’m going to take a punt on the info I have and say he’s going to be a computer hacker, but that’s as close to a guess as might be. Will he be the one who reprograms Chappie?
The latest addition to this most eclectic cast is Hugh Jackman, who broke the news himself in a press conference for Prisoners at the Zurich Film Festival.
According to Screen Daily, Jackman said:
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.
From what little extra info I have, it would seem that Jackman is playing a CEO who ends up on the wrong side of the gangsters. He’s apparently quite a resourceful character, though…
Chappie will be a greatly expanded version of some ideas in Blomkamp’s short Tetra Vaal. Here’s that now, in case you’ve never seen it before.