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Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ Looking To Add ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Dev Patel

Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' Looking To Add 'Slumdog Millionaire' Dev Patel

We’re just under a month away from Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore feature “Elysium,” and the “District 9” director’s next feature, “Chappie,” looks to be nearing production as he’s locked up another actor to star in his secretive sci-fi comedy.

THR is reporting that “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Newsroom” star Dev Patel is in talks — though it’s stressed that negotiations are still in the early stages — to play “the film’s human lead, a young man in the impoverished town.” If Patel would be the “human lead,” then where does that leave Die Antwoord? They’re set to play themselves, but we have to wonder just how large their roles will be, as it was initially reported that the group would be the leads. Or maybe they’ll be completely unrecognizable?

Either way, it’s still an eclectic cast: Die Antwoord as themselves (either as humans or not), Sharlto Copley as a police robot patrolling the poor town and now Patel (maybe). And that’s all we know about the film so far as Blomkamp — per his M.O. — is keeping the film’s plot close to his chest. In the meantime, you can catch “Elysium” when it hits theaters on August 9th.

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