By Lindsey Bahr
Updated August 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

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.

In a press release announcing the news that Sony Pictures and Media Rights Captial would be co-financing Chappie, Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad said, “We’re huge fans of Neill Blomkamp – it’s a real thrill to be continuing our relationship with such a visionary and important filmmaker. Neill has proven that he is a true original voice and we expect that Chappie will strike a chord with worldwide audiences in the same way that District 9 and Elysium have.”

Blomkamp co-wrote the screenplay with Terri Tatchell, his District 9 writing partner, based on his 2004 short Tetra Vaal. Check it out below.