Hugh Jackman Confirms Role in Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie'

Hugh Jackman Joins Neill Bomkamp's Chappie

Somewhere between his breakout role as Wolverine in 2000's X-Men and his portrayal of Jean Valjean in last year's Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman made the transition from action hero to Oscar nominee.

Now it appears the star is looking to take on projects that are both box office friendly and contain a degree of depth. The Tony-winner has confirmed he's set to collaborate with one of the most exciting emerging filmmakers out there - Neill Blomkamp.

As Screen International reports, the Oscar nominee attended the Zurich Film Festival, where he picked up the Golden Icon Award. The star was also on hand to present his latest film Prisoners. During a press conference for the riveting thriller, the actor confirmed that he's slated to star in Blomkamp's Chappie

"…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.”

The film centers on a robot, voiced by Blomkamp's longtime collaborator Sharlto Copley, who is taken by two gangsters (South African rappers Ninja and Yolandi) who intend to use him for criminal pursuits.

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Prisoners topped the U.S. box office last weekend after a successful debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The success of the Denis Villeneuve-directed film comes months after The Wolverine took in  an impressive $370 million worldwide.

The Australian native is set to reprise his role as Wolverine in the X-Men: Days of Futures Past, due out next year. The film will feature actors from both the early X-Men films, like Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and 2011's X-Men: First Class, which featured the likes of Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. The 44-year-old is also slated to tackle the role of P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Show on Earth. 

Blomkamp made his feature directing debut with the socially conscious 2009 sci-fi thriller District 9. He followed the audience favorite up with this year's modest success Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

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The South African-born visionary previously revealed that his next project will be a blend of sci-fi and comedy and is based on one of his earlier short films Tetra Vaal. The film's script will be penned by Blomkamp's wife, Terri Tatchell.

Chappie's unique premise combined with the director's fanbase could lead to promising returns. The film also appears to be the perfect vehicle for Jackman, who has the range to craft a noteworthy character that borders on comedic and dramatic.

Are you looking forward to seeing Jackman and Blomkamp join forces? Let us know in the comments.


Chappie is set to be released March 27th, 2015.  

Source: Screen International

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