While South African District 9 star Sharlto Copley is set to appear in Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up film Elysium this summer, Matt Damon’s presence in the lead could be enough to raise concerns over the director turning mostly to big-name stars in the future. Have no fear, Copley fans: He’ll lead Blomkamp’s third film, Chappie. Blomkamp has revealed little except that it will be a sci-fi comedy about a “ridiculous robot character … in an unusual setting.” Copley has wrapped work on Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake and the Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent.
South African actor Sharlto Copley poses during the photocall of the movie “District 9” directed by South African born director Neill Blomkamp on September 6, 2009 at the 35th American Film Festival, in Deauville, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/2009 AFP