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'Elysium' director Neill Blomkamp casts Sharlto Copley in new film

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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.

Copley scored his feature debut in Blomkamp’s District 9, an Oscar Best Picture-nominated, innovative take on the alien invasion sub-genre where the humans are the oppressive ones, forcing the extraterrestrials they call “prawns” into an internment camp. He’ll also appear another sci-fi film by the fellow South Africa-born director, Elysium, which stars Matt Damon and opens in theaters this August. Among his other upcoming films are Disney’s Maleficient and deep space thriller Europa Report.

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