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Dev Patel May Star in Sci-Fi Movie 'Chappie' for Neill Blomkamp

July 9, 2013 (7:46 am) GMT
The flick is based on Blomkamp's short film 'Tetra Vaal' about a robot police force patrolling the slums of South Africa.
Dev Patel May Star in Sci-Fi Movie 'Chappie' for Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp is eyeing for his next project. The Hollywood Reporter learns that the Jamal Malik depicter in Danny Boyle's "" is in talks to take a leading role in "", the sci-fi feature which is based on Blomkamp's short movie "Tetra Vaal" about a robot police force patrolling the slums of South Africa.

British actor Patel is expected to take on the role of a young man in the impoverished town. If all deals are sealed, the Prince Zuko of M. Night Shyamalan's "" will team up with "" actor who is on board the Media Rights Capital production to play the police robot.

Produced by Simon Kinberg, the movie marks the third time Blomkamp joins forces with Copley following "" and upcoming "". The South African-Canadian filmmaker also works on the script alongside his wife and Oscar-nominated scribe Terri Tatchell.

As of now, no start date has been set yet.

Patel previously starred in Stephen Elliott's "", in which the 23-year-old actor played Andrew. He will return for the second season of HBO's "", which is slated to be premiered on July 14.

Neill Blomkamp's "Tetra Vaal" :


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