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Sharlto Copley Talks Chappie, Hugh Jackman, And Poor Man’s Mo-Cap

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copleyAfter making a huge splash with his debut District 9, South African director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up, Elysium, left many sci-fi fans wanting. Still, you can’t keep a good filmmaker down, and he’ll be back next year with the robot-centric Chappie. His third full-length film, it will also mark Blomkamp’s third consecutive collaboration with Sharlto Copley, who caught everyone’s attention as the lead in District 9, and as a Mad Max-style psychopath in Elysium. Promoting his latest film, Disney’s retelling of the story of the Mistress of All Evil in Maleficent, Copley sat down with Geek Tyrant and shared a few words about Chappie, all of which sound incredibly promising to us.

One of the issues many people had with Elysium is the blunt, hit-you-over-the-head nature of the political message of the film. District 9 was also heavy with allegory, but Elysium a hammer. We’ve heard that we shouldn’t anticipate the same type of meaning and lesson in Blomkamp’s next film, and Copley confirms these reports, saying, “I think it’s very much more in the world of District 9 in the sense of the originality of it. And it doesn’t have any sort of big social, political kind of message or anything like that.”

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Sharlto Copley Gets Hardcore First Person P.O.V. Sci-Fi Action Flick

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copleyEvery cinematic genre has actors that rarely stray from their comfort zones. Generally, comedians and dramatic actors that tend to have longer shelf lives in popular films, while those associated with science fiction and horror often fall by the wayside, forced into appearances in direct-to-video or cable movies once their heyday is behind them. I know this is a very broad generalization with numerous exceptions, but you guys know what I mean. There just aren’t that many actors that are able to find repeated success when a majority of their films reside in mainstream sci-fi.

And anyone who says something silly like, “But what about Tom Cruise or Will Smith?” doesn’t get out time of day.

But Sharlto Copley looks poised to stake a bold claim to unique, interesting science fiction. The District 9 star has signed on for the sci-fi action flick Hardcore, to be produced by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted).