The first poster arrived last night for Neill Blomkamp’s new sci-fi thriller, Chappie, and as promised, the first trailer arrived tonight. With already directing sci-fi greats District 9 and Elysium, I have high hopes for Chappie, and the intimate yet ambitious trailer does not disappoint.
The film was initially billed as a sci-fi comedy, but I don’t see it, and instead the film looks thought provoking, emotional and thrilling with plenty of action and humane moments. There also appears to be a very dark undertone, and the Blade Runer-like music in the trailer give it a real wow factor.
Chappie, I am sure you’ll agree, looks pretty damn good.
Neill Blomkamp directs the film from a screenplay he has written with Terri Tatchell. He will also produce the film with Simon Kinberg.
Chappie tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The film stars Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters. The cast also includes Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and Jose Pablo Cantillo
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.