Word is making the Internet rounds that Hugh Jackman has taken a role in Neill Blomkamp‘s (District 9, Elysium) latest Sci Fi production Chappie. While doing press for his latest movie in theaters, Prisoners, Jackman confirmed his new role.
Yes, that’s true. 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.
Jackman discusses the Chappie news and some of his other upcoming roles in the press conference video below. It starts with the Chappie news so you won’t have to search for it.
So now we know that Jackman is joining Sharlto Copley, Ninja Visser and Yolandi Visser, but what role will he play?
Chappie is about a robot that is stolen by two criminals who want to use him to do their dirty work. We know that Coplay will be voicing the robot and Ninja and Yolandi Visser will be taking the two criminal roles. Over at Bleeding Cool thinks he knows what Jackman’s role will be:
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.
Perhaps the two bad guys send the robot to take out or kidnap Jackman’s character? I expect we’ll see lots of action, special effects, and stunts. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jackman’s shirt gets ripped apart, that’s box office gold. Blomkamp makes terrific films, and I’m looking forward to seeing Chappie.
Back in 2004, Blomkamp made a short film Tetra Vaal, which is said to be the creative jumping point for Chappie. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.