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Friday 6 March 2015

Jackman: I'm going to be in Chappie

Hugh Jackman has confirmed his role in Chappie
Hugh Jackman has confirmed his role in Chappie

Hugh Jackman has revealed that he will star in Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi adventure, Chappie.

The Wolverine star confirmed the casting news as he received the Golden Icon award at the Zurich Film Festival, reported Screen Daily.

"I am doing a role in Neill's new film, called Chappie, which we shoot in Johannesburg. I'm there for a couple of weeks at the beginning of next year," he said.

Chappie tells the story of a robot with artificial intelligence, voiced by Sharlto, who gets stolen by gangsters - played by South African rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser - who plan to use him for criminal purposes.

It is rumoured that Hugh would portray a CEO, who gets on the wrong side of the two criminals.

Dev Patel is linked to the role of "a young man in the impoverished town," although nothing has been announced officially.

Neill and Terri Tatchell wrote the script based on the director's short film Tetra Vaal, a parody commercial for a robotic police force in the South African slums.

Hugh, who stars in tense thriller Prisoners alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, hinted that he might take a break after shooting four films consecutively. In the past year, he has starred in Tom Hooper's musical remake Les Miserables, The Wolverine and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

The father-of-two said: "It's unusual for me to do so many films in a row but every one, particularly this film (Prisoners), felt compelling to me and I begged her and my kids and they were understanding to a certain degree. So it's time for me to go home now."

The 44-year-old also added he would "make a decision" on a possible Broadway project based around famous escapologist Harry Houdini in "about a month".

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