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Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' starring Sharlto Copley gets a release date

Sony Pictures and MRC will release Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi robot pic Chappie on March 27, 2015, the studio announced Tuesday.

Blomkamp, whose second feature directorial effort, Elysium, is currently playing in theaters, is re-teaming with his longtime friend and collaborator Sharlto Copley for the project. Copley, who stars in District 9 and Elysium, will voice the part of Chappie, a robot that gets abducted by a pair of gangsters, played by Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Visser. Production is expected to begin this fall.


'Elysium' clip: Sharlto Copley exterminates the resistance -- VIDEO

In Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp’s political science-fiction follow-up to 2009’s District 9, Matt Damon plays a poor factory drone whose only chance at survival is reaching the utopian satellite that orbits Earth where the world’s richest people now reside in luxury. He only has five days to live after being exposed to radiation during a workplace accident, but Elysium isn’t about to share its medical technology with some Earthling peon. Jodie Foster plays Elysium’s frosty bureaucrat who sics her henchman, played by District 9‘s Sharlto Copley, on the desperate renegades.

In this scene, Copley’s heavily-armed team drops in on Damon and his crew. The mission is clear: extermination, and though the hero survives, one poor revolutionary isn’t fast enough to outrun Elysium’s explosive weapon-technology. It’s a gruesome sight, worth a warning in advance. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Ben Affleck in the hunt for 'Gone Girl'; Plus, Sharlto Copley plays a good guy again, more

• Ben Affleck (Argo) has reportedly been eyeing the role of Nick Dunne in the book-to-film adaptation of Gone Girl, the psychological thriller with more twists and turns than Lombard Street. The self-absorbed man-child is the counterpart to the passive-aggressive Amy Elliot Dunne — the titular “girl” of the novel. The film, being developed by producer Reese Witherspoon (and she could claim the role of Amy), is being directed by David Fincher. Although this casting has not been confirmed, the buzz surrounding it suggests it would be welcome for fans of the novel. [Deadline]

• Sharlto Copley (Elysium) will return to the role of hero, after playing villains in Elysium and the upcoming remake of Oldboy, in the starring role of Ilya Naishuller‘s Hardcore. The film will be a first-person action movie, with Copley in the lead as a man who beats up bad guys and saves damsels in distress. Naishuller has garnered popularity through his short film “Bad Motherf—er,” which has earned praise and created high anticipation for his first feature film. [The Wrap]

'Oldboy' poster: Signed, sealed and delivered by Josh Brolin


The logo for Josh Brolin’s new film Oldboy is written in the actor’s own handwriting, inspired by his character in the film, who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years and spends years writing letters to his daughter.

He is suddenly released, which inspires him to find out the reason for his imprisonment — and results in the discovery of a tangled web of conspiracy.

Oldboy also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. Directed by Spike Lee, the film will be released October 25.

Matt Damon is a smart-ass and a bad-ass in new 'Elysium' trailer -- VIDEO


Matt Damon sci-fi movie Elysium doesn’t hit theaters until August, but until then you can feast your eyes on newly released footage from the film in the latest trailer.

While previous trailers and reports have given us a good idea of what the future of Elysium looks like, this newest preview provides some more details on what Damon’s character, Max, is after and what his life is like before he decides to break into Elysium, the space station for the rich orbiting above a poverty-stricken Earth.

There’s more footage of Max fighting villain Kruger (Sharlto Copley, teaming up again with his District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp), and there’s also Max serving up smart-ass, mocking responses to a robot. Looks like this guy has a little bit of snark.

Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Sharlto Copley will star in 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp's next sci-fi film

Sharlto Copley is teaming up with Neill Blomkamp for a third time.

The South African actor will play the lead role in Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie, Copley’s reps tell EW. Copley first teased the news in brief Facebook post this weekend.

Blomkamp is keeping details about the project largely under wraps, but he has described it as “a science-fiction comedy” in an “unusual setting.” Details on Copley’s character are also still under wraps. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon suits up in new 'Elysium' trailer, plus five burning questions answered -- VIDEO

First, check out the new trailer for the upcoming sci-fi movie Elysium from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp below — we have been waiting since last year’s Comic-Con for a full scale look at the film, which imagines the rich escaping to a space station called Elysium, leaving a poverty-stricken Earth behind. Then see below for answers to your burning questions about the Matt Damon-starrer, which will be released in theaters on August 9.

'Elysium': Robotics, but no slime -- inside scoop from Blomkamp, Damon, more

Matt Damon — via satellite from Berlin — joined Elysium star Sharlto Copley, producer Simon Kinberg, and writer/director Neill Blomkamp in Hollywood on Monday to talk about the highly-anticipated film and gave away more than a few secrets about the upcoming sci fi flick in the process.

Damon commended fanboys and girls for using “excellent judgement” to take their lunch hour and enjoy the world premiere of the trailer for his summer film Elysium.

The film, (we were treated to the trailer as well as a 10-minute sizzle reel) is visually stunning. The backbone of the story is that the very rich left earth to enjoy a life free from disease, war, and poverty on the space station Elysium. Everyone else is left on Earth, and it’s an earth transformed into miles and miles of shantytown slums.

Elysium, the off-planet paradise, was shot on location in Canada. Future Earth was shot in Mexico City, which according to Blomkamp is famous for pre-meditated kidnappings.

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' remake set for release October 2013

Spike Lee’s English language remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 classic revenge thriller Oldboy is set for wide release on Oct. 11, 2013, announced FilmDistrict, the independent film company distributing the movie, on Friday.


'Elysium' Comic-Con panel: Matt Damon talks about the time he was covered in fecal matter

The Project: Elysium

The Panel: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, writer-director Neill Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg

Footage Screened: Blomkamp prefaced the screening admitting that the only time he’s comfortable with the “salesmanship” aspect of his job is when he is screening footage at Comic-Con for true fans. And even though almost all of the visual effects were very much in the rough stages, he did not skimp on delivering some tasty new footage.

It’s 2154. Earth, explains some title cards, is “diseased, polluted, and vastly over-populated.” It’s a wasteland, packed so tight with people that roofs of major skyscrapers have been converted into slums. So the very wealthy have escaped to Elysium, a vast, circular space station in a far orbit around Earth where there is no poverty, no sickness, and no war. Over this explanation, we see a model-perfect woman in a palatial home getting scanned for, and cured of, cancer, in a matter of seconds.  READ FULL STORY

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