While there was a big gap between District 9 and Elysium, Neill Blomkamp is working quicker this time around, hoping to shoot Chappie early next year. Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel have already signed on to star, and now Hugh Jackman has revealed he’ll be in the movie too.
Hugh announced the news during a press conference for Prisoners Zurich Film Festival, where he is receiving the Golden Icon Award, saying that “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.”
He wouldn’t give any specifics about the character, the story is about an android (Copley), who is captured and re-programmed by two South African gangsters (Die Antwoord’s Ninja Visser and Yolandi Visser) for their own nefarious purposes. Bleeding Cool suggests that Hugh Jackman is playing a resourceful CEO who ends up on the wrong side of these gangsters. Dev Patel also stars in an unspecified role.
The film will be out on March 27th, 2015 release date.