There was five years between District 9 and Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up, Elysium, but he’s ensuring there’s no such gap until his next movie, as Chappie has just started shooting in South Africa. And just as filming begins, Sigourney Weaver has signed on.
Blomkamp also co-wrote the screenplay with Terri Tatchell. The brief synopsis says, ‘After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.’
The film stars Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret leading the human cast.