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Sigourney Weaver Joins Next Neil Blomkamp Project

Cautiously Optimistic

The queen of movie science fiction herself has joined the already star studded cast of Neill Blomkamp‘s next project Chappie.

The basic gist of Chappie, from Deadline:

After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.

Blomkamp’s favorite, Sharlto Copley, will voice Chappie, with Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel also on hand.

While District 9 remains one of the best science fiction films of the last decade, this summer’s Elysium, while highly anticipated, based on Blomkamp’s previous work, was largely seen as a big let down. Weaver’s involvement is a ray of hope as far as I’m concerned. The actress doesn’t pick just any science fiction series that comes her way. For every Alien: Resurrection and Avatar, there’s a Cabin in the Woods, a Wall-E, a Holes, Galaxy Quest, Ghostbusters, or Alien.

That’s a picking a film track record that I’m willing to follow, at least until reviews come out.

(via The Hollywood Reporter.)

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