Hugh Jackman Joins ‘Elysium’ Director’s Robot Thriller ‘Chappie’

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Prisoners and Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, pictured top, at the Zurich Film Festival to receive the Golden Icon Award, confirmed he has been cast in Neill Blomkamp’s new film, Chappie, reports Screen Daily.

Chappie tells of a robot, voiced by Blomkamp regular Sharlto Copley, who gets stolen by two gangsters who plan to use him for their criminal purposes. Experimental South African rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser will portray the hoodlums.

Asked about taking the role at a press conference for Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve’s dark kidnap drama, Jackman said: “Yes, that’s true.

But 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.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC are reuniting with Blomkamp following sci-fi feature Elysium. He also directed District 9.

  • EVIL BREAD

    So excited for this! I went to a concert of these “experimental South African rappers” (Die Antwoord) and they are nuts! They’re music videos are all pretty crazy and they have mentioned Niell Blomkamp and “prawns” in they’re lyrics too.

    And I really like both of Blomkamp’s movies so far so I’m looking forward to this.